Agnus Dei


Ag·​nus Dei ˌäg-ˌnu̇s-ˈdā(-ˌē) How to pronounce Agnus Dei (audio)
: a liturgical prayer addressed to Christ as Savior
: an image of a lamb often with a halo and a banner and cross used as a symbol of Christ

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Examples of Agnus Dei in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The choir begins to sing Agnus Dei as the Archbishop performs the Holy Communion. Maria Mercedes Lara, Peoplemag, 6 May 2023

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Word History


Middle English, borrowed from Late Latin Agnus Deī "lamb of God," translation of Greek Amnòs toû Theoû; from its opening words

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Agnus Dei was before the 12th century

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“Agnus Dei.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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