Definition of hymnographer in English:



  • A writer of hymns.

    • ‘As a hymnographer St Theophanes belongs to the tradition of the monastery of Mar Sabbas, near Bethlehem.’
    • ‘His prominence in this choir of Orthodox hymnographers is emphasized in many icons of the Protection of the Theotokos.’
    • ‘Less familiar are the women hymnographers of this period who demonstrated considerable talent in this same field.’
    • ‘For this reason the hymnographers of the Orthodox Church have composed a most moving Funeral Service.’
    • ‘Gathered about the Cross with St. Macarius and St. Helena are bishops, priests, and hymnographers.’
    • ‘The hymnographer of the Church describes the mystery with these words.’
    • ‘The arrangement of ecclesiastical chanting into tones was entirely the work of the famous hymnographer St. John of Damascus.’
    • ‘Any holy hymnographers of the Orthodox Church were inspired to write not only the text of the hymns but also their melodies.’
    • ‘Joseph the Poet and Hymnographer is the most prolific hymnographer in the history of Orthodox Christianity.’
    • ‘St. John of Damascus, who reposed in 749, is known as one of the great theologians and hymnographers of the Orthodox Church.’
    • ‘Her reputation is such that she is Orthodoxy's only female hymnographer of distinction.’
    • ‘Monks, and occasionally nuns, were among the most famous liturgical hymnographers.’
    • ‘Again, the great hymnographers, themselves saints, show a wonderful concentration of prophecy and fulfillment.’
    • ‘Like other hymnographers, Shnorhali created both the melody and the text, and chanted the music he authored.’
    • ‘Used by 4th-century Syrian hymnographers, contrafacta were also written by the later authors of the Byzantine kontakion.’
    • ‘This hymn was written originally in the year 720 by St. Cosmas, one of the greatest hymnographers of the Christian Church.’


Early 17th century: from Greek humnographos, from humnos hymn + graphos writer.