Definition of hymnal in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhɪmn(ə)l/


A book of hymns.
Example sentences
  • This hymn has traditionally been the first hymn in Methodist hymnals since the time of Wesley.
  • Unfortunately, no details were given as to the criteria for selection of the hymnals nor were the hymnals themselves named.
  • Therefore, congregations have had the liberty to choose their own liturgy, including their hymns and hymnals.


Relating to hymns: hymnal music
More example sentences
  • Yet, as on ‘Children's Waltz’ and ‘Lullaby’, the wave of pastel, hymnal harmonies are hard to deny on aesthetic grounds.
  • Closer ‘Darkened Car’ circles back to the album's hymnal beginnings.
  • And that hymnal quality extends to other cuts such as ‘Roll Away’ and ‘Forgiveness’.


Late 15th century: from medieval Latin hymnale, from Latin hymnus (see hymn).

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