- A sacred song; a poetical composition for use in the praise or worship of God."Humus devout and holy psalms Singing everlastingly." [Milton.]
- Especially, one of the hymns by David and others, collected into one book of the Old Testament, or a modern metrical version of such a hymn for public worship.
Etymology: OE. psalm salm, AS. sealm, L. psalmus psalma, fr. Gr. �, �, fr. � to pull, twitch, to play upon a stringed instrument, to sing to the harp: cf. OF. psalme salme, F. psaume