Agnus Dei

Ag·​nus Dei | \ ˌäg-ˌnu̇s-ˈdā(-ˌē) How to pronounce Agnus Dei (audio) , -ˌnüs-; ˌän-yu̇s-; ˌag-nəs- \

Definition of Agnus Dei

1 : a liturgical prayer addressed to Christ as Savior
2 : an image of a lamb often with a halo and a banner and cross used as a symbol of Christ

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First Known Use of Agnus Dei

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

History and Etymology for Agnus Dei

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

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

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“Agnus Dei.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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