What does Hallelujah mean?

Definitions for Hallelujah
ˌhæl əˈlu yəHal·lelu·jah

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hallelujahnoun

    a shout or song of praise to God


  1. hallelujahnoun

    A shout of u201CHallelujahu201D.

    Etymology: From הללויה.

  2. hallelujahnoun

    General praise.

    Etymology: From הללויה.

  3. hallelujahverb

    To cry "hallelujah" in praise.

    Etymology: From הללויה.

  4. hallelujahinterjection

    An exclamation used in songs of praise or thanksgiving to God.

    Etymology: From הללויה.

  5. hallelujahinterjection

    A general expression of gratitude or adoration.

    Hallelujah! It's finally the weekend!

    Etymology: From הללויה.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hallelujah

    praise ye Jehovah; praise ye the Lord; -- an exclamation used chiefly in songs of praise or thanksgiving to God, and as an expression of gratitude or adoration

    Etymology: [Heb. See Alleluia.]


  1. Hallelujah

    Hallelujah is a transliteration of the Hebrew word הַלְּלוּיָהּ, which is composed of two elements: הַלְּלוּ and יָהּ. Most well-known English versions of the Hebrew Bible translate the Hebrew "Hallelujah" as two Hebrew words, generally rendered as "Praise" + "the LORD", but the second word is given as "Yah" in the Lexham English Bible and Young's Literal Translation, "Jehovah" in the American Standard Version, and "Hashem" in the Orthodox Jewish Bible. Instead of a translation, the transliteration "Hallelujah" is used by JPS Tanakh, International Standard Version, Darby Translation, God's Word Translation, Holman Christian Standard Bible, and The Message, with the spelling "Halleluyah" appearing in the Complete Jewish Bible. The Greek-influenced form "Alleluia" appears in Wycliffe's Bible, the Knox Version and the New Jerusalem Bible. In the great song of praise to God for his triumph over the Whore of Babylon in chapter 19 of the New Testament Book of Revelation, the Greek word ἀλληλούϊα, a transliteration of the same Hebrew word, appears four times, as an expression of praise rather than an exhortation to praise. In English translations this is mostly rendered as "Hallelujah", but as "Alleluia" in several translations, while a few have "Praise the Lord", "Praise God", "Praise our God", or "Thanks to our God".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hallelujah

    Halleluiah, hal-e-lōō′ya, n. the exclamation 'Praise (ye) the Lord' (Jah or Jehovah), which occurs in many songs and anthems: a song of praise to God, a musical composition based on the word, as the Hallelujah (chorus) in Handel's Messiah.—n. Hallel (hal-el′, hal′el), the hymn of praise chanted during the Passover supper, consisting of Psalms cxiii.-cxviii. inclusive. [Heb., 'Praise ye Jehovah,' halelu, praise ye, and Jāh, Jehovah.]

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Hallelujah

    From the Hebrew halelu, “praise ye,” and Iah, “Jehovah.”

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Hallelujah in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Hallelujah in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Hallelujah in a Sentence

  1. Amy Sutherland:

    When they are tasing him, when they are throwing pepper spray, Jamal begins to praise God. Hallelujah, that's who Jamal was.

  2. Paul Adhoch:

    When the victims come back, they (the authorities) just say 'Hallelujah, you are back' but there is nothing else that happens to anybody, so these agents just continue.

  3. Nick Clegg:

    I don't expect people to say, 'Oh hallelujah, these are great people, this is going to be a great success' - there's no reason anyone should believe that this is going to be a great success until it really starts hearing difficult cases in the months and indeed years to come.

  4. Peggy Richards:

    Hallelujah ! Thank you, God. Thank you, God, we cried, we cried, we cried, we cried for( 35) years, but now, we're here. We're here now.

  5. Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov:

    It is a short walk from the hallelujah to the hoot.

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    a hypothetical description of a complex entity or process
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