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teɪ ˈdeɪ ʊm, -əm, ti ˈdi əmte deum

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Te Deumnoun

    an ancient liturgical hymn

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. TE DEUMnoun

    An hymn of the church, so called from the two first words of the Latin.

    The choir,
    With all the choicest musick of the kingdom,
    Together sung te deum. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    Te deum was sung at Saint Paul’s after the victory. Francis Bacon.


  1. te deum

    "Te Deum" is an early Christian hymn of praise traditionally ascribed to Saints Ambrose and Augustine and often associated with thanksgiving. The phrase "Te Deum" is taken from its opening Latin words, "Te Deum laudamus," which translates to "Thee, O God, we praise." It is regularly sung in traditional Christian liturgical services such as Matins.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Te Deum

    an ancient and celebrated Christian hymn, of uncertain authorship, but often ascribed to St. Ambrose; -- so called from the first words "Te Deum laudamus." It forms part of the daily matins of the Roman Catholic breviary, and is sung on all occasions of thanksgiving. In its English form, commencing with words, "We praise thee, O God," it forms a part of the regular morning service of the Church of England and the Protestant Episcopal Church in America

  2. Te Deum

    a religious service in which the singing of the hymn forms a principal part


  1. Te Deum

    The Te Deum is an early Christian hymn of praise. The title is taken from its opening Latin words, Te Deum laudamus, rendered as "Thee, O God, we praise". The hymn remains in regular use in the Catholic Church in the Office of Readings found in the Liturgy of the Hours, and in thanksgiving to God for a special blessing such as the election of a pope, the consecration of a bishop, the canonization of a saint, a religious profession, the publication of a treaty of peace, a royal coronation, etc. It is sung either after Mass or the Divine Office or as a separate religious ceremony. The hymn also remains in use in the Anglican Communion and some Lutheran Churches in similar settings. In the traditional Office, the Te Deum is sung at the end of Matins on all days when the Gloria is said at Mass; those days are all Sundays outside Advent, Septuagesima, Lent, and Passiontide; on all feasts and on all ferias during Eastertide. Before the 1962 reforms, neither the Gloria nor the Te Deum were said on the feast of the Holy Innocents, unless it fell on Sunday, as they were martyred before the death of Christ and therefore could not immediately attain the beatific vision. A plenary indulgence is granted, under the usual conditions, to those who recite it in public on New Year's Eve.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Te deum

    tē dē′um, n. a famous Latin hymn of the Western Church, sung at the end of matins on all feasts except Innocents' Day, and on all Sundays except during penitential seasons—it begins with the words Te Deum Laudamus, 'We praise thee, O God:' a thanksgiving service in which this hymn forms a principal part.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Te Deum

    a grand hymn in Latin, so called from the first words, sung at matins and on occasions of joy and thanksgiving; of uncertain authorship; is called also the Ambrosian Hymn, as ascribed, though without foundation, to St. Ambrose; is with more reason seemingly ascribed to Hilary, bishop of Aries. Teazle, Lady

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. te deum

    A hymn sung in thanksgiving for victory obtained. In many cases the causes of war are such that chanting the Te Deum is rank blasphemy.

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    Read the full text of the Te Deum poem by John Dryden on the Poetry.com website.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Te Deum in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Te Deum in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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