noun Ben·e·dic·tus \ˌbe-nə-ˈdik-təs\

Definition of Benedictus

  1. 1 :  a canticle from Lk 1:68 beginning “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel”

  2. 2 :  a canticle from Mt 21:9 beginning “Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord”

Origin and Etymology of benedictus

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

First Known Use: 1552

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