Definitions for Gospelˈgɒs pəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

gos•pelˈgɒs pəl(n.)

  1. the teachings of Jesus and the apostles; the Christian revelation.

    Category: Religion

  2. the story of Christ's life and teachings, esp. as contained in the first four books of the New Testament, namely Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

    Category: Religion

  3. (usu. cap.) any of these four books.

    Category: Religion

  4. Also called gos′pel truth′. something absolutely or unquestionably true.

  5. a doctrine regarded as of prime importance:

    political gospel.

  6. glad tidings, esp. concerning salvation and the kingdom of God.

    Category: Religion

  7. (often cap.) an extract from one of the four Gospels forming part of a church service.

    Category: Religion

  8. Category: Music and Dance

    Ref: gospel music.

  9. (adj.)of, pertaining to, or proclaiming the gospel or its teachings.

    Category: Religion

  10. in accordance with the gospel; evangelical.

    Category: Religion

  11. of, pertaining to, employing, or performing gospel music.

    Category: Music and Dance

Origin of gospel:

bef. 950; ME go(d)spell, OE gōdspell (see good , spell2); trans. of Gk euangélion good news; see evangel1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Gospel, Gospels, evangel(noun)

    the four books in the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) that tell the story of Christ's life and teachings

  2. gospel, gospel truth(noun)

    an unquestionable truth

    "his word was gospel"

  3. gospel, gospel singing(noun)

    folk music consisting of a genre of a cappella music originating with Black slaves in the United States and featuring call and response; influential on the development of other genres of popular music (especially soul)

  4. religious doctrine, church doctrine, gospel, creed(noun)

    the written body of teachings of a religious group that are generally accepted by that group

  5. gospel(noun)

    a doctrine that is believed to be of great importance

    "Newton's writings were gospel for those who followed"


  1. gospel(Noun)

    The first section of the Christian New Testament scripture, comprising the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, concerned with the life, death, resurrection, and teachings of Jesus.

  2. gospel(Noun)

    An account of the life, death, resurrection, and teachings of Jesus, generally written during the first several centuries of the Common Era.

  3. gospel(Noun)

    A message expected to have positive reception or effect.

  4. gospel(Noun)

    the teaching of Divine grace as distinguished from the Law or Divine commandments

  5. gospel(Noun)

    gospel music

  6. gospel(Noun)

    That which is absolutely authoritative .

  7. Gospel(ProperNoun)

    One of the first four books of the New Testament, Matthew, Mark, Luke or John.

  8. Origin: From godspel (corresponding to , i.e. "good tidings"), used to translate ecclesiastical Latin bona annuntiatio, itself a translation of evangelium / Ancient Greek , literally "good news". Compare Old Norse and Icelandic guðspjall.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gospel

    glad tidings; especially, the good news concerning Christ, the Kingdom of God, and salvation

  2. Gospel

    one of the four narratives of the life and death of Jesus Christ, written by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John

  3. Gospel

    a selection from one of the gospels, for use in a religious service; as, the gospel for the day

  4. Gospel

    any system of religious doctrine; sometimes, any system of political doctrine or social philosophy; as, this political gospel

  5. Gospel

    anything propounded or accepted as infallibly true; as, they took his words for gospel

  6. Gospel(adj)

    accordant with, or relating to, the gospel; evangelical; as, gospel righteousness

  7. Gospel(verb)

    to instruct in the gospel


  1. Gospel

    A gospel is an account that describes the life of Jesus of Nazareth. The most widely known examples are the four canonical gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, but the term is also used to refer to the apocryphal gospels, the non-canonical gospels, the Jewish-Christian gospels and the gnostic gospels. Christianity traditionally places a high value on the four canonical gospels, which it considers to be a revelation from God and central to its belief system. Christians teach that the four canonical gospels are an accurate and authoritative representation of the life of Jesus, but many scholars agree that not everything contained in the gospels is historically reliable. In Islam the Injil is the Arabic term for a book given to Jesus. Injil is sometimes translated as 'gospel'. This is one of the four Islamic holy books that the Qur'an reports as having been revealed by God. Islam holds that over time the Injil became altered, and God sent the prophet Muhammad to reveal the last book.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Gospel' in Nouns Frequency: #2489

Translations for Gospel

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(one of the four descriptions in the Bible of) the life and teaching of Christ

the Gospel according to St Luke; The parable of the sower is in one of the gospels.

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