Ben·​e·​dic·​tus ˌbe-nə-ˈdik-təs How to pronounce Benedictus (audio)
: a canticle from Luke 1:68 beginning "Blessed be the Lord God of Israel"
: a canticle from Matthew 21:9 beginning "Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord"

Word History


Late Latin, blessed, from past participle of benedicere; from its first word

First Known Use

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Benedictus was in 1552

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“Benedictus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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