Ecclesiasticus

noun
Ec·​cle·​si·​as·​ti·​cus | \ i-ˌklē-zē-ˈa-sti-kəs How to pronounce Ecclesiasticus (audio) , e-ˌklē-\

Definition of Ecclesiasticus

: a didactic book included in the Protestant Apocrypha and as Sirach in the Roman Catholic canon of the Old Testament

First Known Use of Ecclesiasticus

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Ecclesiasticus

borrowed from Late Latin Ecclēsiasticus, probably short for liber ecclēsiasticus "church book" (from its use in church readings) — more at ecclesiastic entry 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about Ecclesiasticus

Statistics for Ecclesiasticus

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for Ecclesiasticus

The first known use of Ecclesiasticus was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Comments on Ecclesiasticus

What made you want to look up Ecclesiasticus? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

incapable of being surmounted or overcome

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Finance Words Quiz

  • a-piggy-bank
  • The etymology of mortgage is related most closely to which two words?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!