Definition of hosanna in English:

hosanna

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Pronunciation: /həʊˈzanə
 
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(also hosannah)

exclamation

  • (Especially in biblical, Judaic, and Christian use) used to express adoration, praise, or joy: ‘Hosanna, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’
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    • I'd parked on Beacon Hill, on the edge, so it gave us a little evening walk - always nice - and then we found the car - found no ticket - hosannah!

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  • An expression of adoration, praise, or joy: the soundtrack evoked passionate hosannas from some critics
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    • In this pericope there is no donkey colt, no crowd of pilgrims shouting praises, no waving of palm branches, no hosannas.
    • They sing of the profundity of affliction and of the complexity of God's ultimate grace, and they offer wild and glorious hosannas in such a way that testifies to the hope offered by God's infinite love.
    • They shouted hosannas and waved palm branches as Jesus the hoped-for warrior king, the overthrower of Rome, the savior of the world - rode in on a donkey.
    Synonyms
    shout of praise, alleluia, hurrah, hurray, cheer, paean, glorification
    archaic huzza
    rare laudation

Origin

Old English, via late Latin from Greek hōsanna, from Rabbinical Hebrew hōša‘nā, abbreviation of biblical hōšī‘ā-nnā 'save, we pray' (Ps. 118:25).

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