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 Hallelujah.

  2. hallelujahnoun

    General praise.

  3. hallelujahverb

    To cry "hallelujah" in praise.

  4. hallelujahinterjection

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

  5. hallelujahinterjection

    A general expression of gratitude or adoration.

    Hallelujah! It's finally the weekend!

  6. Etymology: From הללויה.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Hallelujahnoun

    Praise ye the Lord. A song of thanksgiving.

    Etymology: הללויח.

    Then shall thy saints
    Unfained hallelujahs to Thee sing,
    Hymns of high praise. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. vi.

    Singing those devout hymns and heavenly anthems, in which the church militant seems ambitious to emulate the triumphant, and echo back the solemn praises and hallelujahs of the celestial choirs. Boyle.


  1. Hallelujah

    Hallelujah ( HAL-i-LOO-yə; Hebrew: הַלְּלוּ-יָהּ‎ haləlū-Yāh, meaning "praise Yah") is an interjection used as an expression of gratitude to God. The term is used 24 times in the Hebrew Bible (in the book of Psalms), twice in deuterocanonical books, and four times in the Christian Book of Revelation.The phrase is used in Judaism as part of the Hallel prayers, and in Christian prayer, where since the earliest times it is used in various ways in liturgies, especially those of the Catholic Church, the Lutheran Churches and the Eastern Orthodox Church, the three of which use the Latin form "alleluia" which is based on the alternative Greek transliteration.


  1. Hallelujah

    Hallelujah is an exclamation or expression of joy, praise, or thanksgiving, commonly associated with religious contexts. It is often used as a response to celebrating or acknowledging something divine or praiseworthy. The word "Hallelujah" originates from the Hebrew language and can be found in various religious texts and hymns.

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

  2. 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. Glenn Beck:

    I hate to crap on my own show, when Hillary Clinton lost — which is understandable. Hillary Clinton's not exactly the most likable person in the room. And then when Kate McKinnon went out there on' Saturday Night Live' in the cold opening and all that, and Kate McKinnon started dressed as Hillary Clinton, and Kate McKinnon started playing' Hallelujah,' I literally prayed. ' Please have a joke at the end.'.

  2. Rick Nolan:

    Absolutely, if we can educate her in the presence here, and bring her to a better place that’s more in keeping with where we’d like to see this country go, Hallelujah.

  3. Amy Sutherland:

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

  4. Kareem Lanier:

    I know a lot of people don't like( The President). Whether you like The President or not it is what it is. The President's The President. Barack ain't president no more. Hallelujah.

  5. 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.

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