Definition of hosanna in English:

hosanna

Syllabification: ho·san·na
Pronunciation: /hōˈzanə, -ˈzä-
 
/
(also hosannah)

exclamation

(Especially in biblical, Judaic, and Christian use) used to express adoration, praise, or joy.
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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.
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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, hooray, cheer, paean

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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