gospel [gos-puh l] WORD ORIGIN noun the teachings of Jesus and the apostles; the Christian revelation. the story of Christ’s life and teachings, especially as contained in the first four books of the New Testament, namely Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. (usually initial capital letter) any of these four books. something regarded as true and implicitly believed: to take his report for gospel. a doctrine regarded as of prime importance: political gospel. glad tidings, especially concerning salvation and the kingdom of God as announced to the world by Christ. (often initial capital letter) Ecclesiastical. an extract from one of the four Gospels, forming part of the Eucharistic service in certain churches.. SEE MORESEE LESS adjective of, relating to, or proclaiming the gospel or its teachings: a gospel preacher. in accordance with the gospel; evangelical. of or relating to : a gospel singer. SEE MORESEE LESS
Origin of gospel before 950; Middle English go(d)spell, Old English gōdspell (see, ); translation of Greek euangélion good news; see Related formsnon·gos·pel, adjective Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Related Words for gospels , , , , , , , , , , , , , British Dictionary definitions for gospels gospel noun Also called: gospel truth an unquestionable truthto take someone’s word as gospel a doctrine maintained to be of great importance Black religious music originating in the churches of the Southern states of the United States the message or doctrine of a religious teacher
- the story of Christ’s life and teachings as narrated in the Gospels
- the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ
- (as modifier)the gospel story
Word Origin for gospel Old English gōdspell, from gōd good + spell message; see spell ²; compare Old Norse guthspjall, Old High German guotspell Gospel noun any of the first four books of the New Testament, namely Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John a reading from one of these in a religious service Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for gospels gospel n.
Old English godspel “gospel, glad tidings announced by Jesus; one of the four gospels,” from god “good” (see) + spel “story, message” (see (n.)); translation of Latin bona adnuntiatio, itself a translation of Greek euangelion “reward for bringing good news.”
The first element of the Old English word had a long “o,” but it shifted under mistaken association with God. The word passed early from English to continental Germanic languages in forms that clearly indicate the first element had shifted to “God,” e.g. Old Saxon godspell, Old High German gotspell, Old Norse goðspiall. Used of anything as true as the Gospel from mid-13c. Gospel-gossip was Addison’s word (“Spectator,” 1711) for “one who is always talking of sermons, texts, etc.”
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The first four books of the, which tell the life story of and explain the significance of his message. Gospel means “good news” — in this case, the news of the (see also ) made possible by the death and of Jesus. The four Gospels are attributed to , , , and .
Note Figuratively, anything that is emphatically true is called the “gospel truth.” gospel
The “good news” of(see also ) (see ). Certain styles of religious music are also called “gospel.” (See (see also ).)
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