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noun mag·nif·i·cat \mag-ˈni-fi-ˌkat, -ˌkät; män-ˈyi-fi-ˌkät\

Definition of magnificat

  1. 1 capitalized a :  the canticle of the Virgin Mary in Luke 1:46–55 b :  a musical setting for the Magnificat

  2. 2 :  an utterance of praise

Origin and Etymology of magnificat

Middle English, from Latin, magnifies, from magnificare to magnify; from the first word of the canticle

First Known Use: 13th century

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