1. a shout or song of praise to God
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Halleluiah \Hal`le*lu"iah\, Hallelujah \Hal`le*lu"jah\
(h[a^]l`l[-e]*l[=u]"y[.a]), n. & interj. [Heb. See
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. --Rev. xix. 1 (Rev.
So sung they, and the empyrean rung
With Hallelujahs. --Milton.
In those days, as St. Jerome tells us,"any one as he
walked in the fields, might hear the plowman at his
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a shout or song of praise to God
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
51 Moby Thesaurus words for "hallelujah":
Agnus Dei, Benedicite, Gloria, Gloria Patri, Gloria in Excelsis,
Introit, Magnificat, Miserere, Nunc Dimittis, Te Deum, Trisagion,
Vedic hymn, alleluia, answer, anthem, antiphon, antiphony,
applause, canticle, chant, cheer, chorale, chorus of cheers, cry,
doxology, hooray, hosanna, hurrah, hurray, huzzah, hymn,
hymn of praise, hymnody, hymnography, hymnology, laud, mantra,
motet, offertory, offertory sentence, paean, psalm, psalmody, rah,
report, response, responsory, shout, versicle, yell, yippee
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
praise ye Jehovah, frequently rendered "Praise ye the LORD,"
stands at the beginning of ten of the psalms (106, 111-113, 135,
146-150), hence called "hallelujah psalms." From its frequent
occurrence it grew into a formula of praise. The Greek form of
the word (alleluia) is found in Rev. 19:1, 3, 4, 6.
Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary (late 1800's):
Hallelujah, praise the Lord