ho·san·na also ho·san·nah (hō-zănə)
Used to express praise or adoration to God.
1. A cry of "hosanna."
2. A shout of fervent and worshipful praise.
[Middle English osanna, from Old English, from Late Latin ōsanna, from Greek hōsanna, from Hebrew hôša'-nā', deliver us : hôša', second person sing. imperative of hôšîa', to save; see wṯʿ in the Appendix of Semitic roots + -nā', injunctive particle.]
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