• (RP) IPA: /ˈɡɒspəl/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈɡɑspəl/


  1. The first section of the Christian New Testament scripture, comprising the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, concerned with the life, crucifixion, death, resurrection, and teachings of Jesus.
  2. An account of the life, crucifixion, death, resurrection, and teachings of Jesus, generally written during the first several centuries of the Common Era.
  3. (Protestantism) The teaching of Divine grace as distinguished from the Law or Divine commandments.
  4. A message expected to have positive reception or effect, one promoted as offering important (or even infalliable) guiding principles.
    • 1917, Oral Hygiene, volume 7, section title:
      Spreading the gospel of dental hygiene in Vermont
  5. (uncountable) That which is absolutely authoritative definitive.
    • 1881, George Saintsbury, Dryden
      If any one thinks this expression hyperbolical, I shall only ask him to read Edipus, instead of taking the traditional witticisms about Lee for gospel.
  6. (uncountable) Gospel music.
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gospel (gospels, present participle gospelling; past and past participle gospelled)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To instruct in the gospel.
    • 1606, William Shakespeare, Macbeth
      Are you so gospell'd to pray for this good man and for his issue, hose heavy hand hath bow'd you to the grave and beggar'd yours for ever?


gospel (plural gospels)

  1. (Christianity) Alternative spelling of gospel
  2. (Christianity) One of the first four books of the New Testament, Matthew, Mark, Luke or John.
    a Gospel

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