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hal·le·lu·jah  audio  (hl-ly) KEY 

INTERJECTION:
Used to express praise or joy.
NOUN:
  1. An exclamation of "hallelujah."
  2. Music A composition expressing praise and based on the word "hallelujah."

ETYMOLOGY:
Hebrew halllû-yh, praise Yahweh : hall, masculine pl. imperative of hilll, to praise; see hll in Semitic roots + yh, Yahweh; see hwy in Semitic roots


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