Gloria in Excelsis

noun phrase
Gloria in Ex·​cel·​sis | \ -ˌin-eks-ˈchel-səs How to pronounce Gloria in Excelsis (audio) , -ek-ˈshel- \

Definition of Gloria in Excelsis

: a Christian liturgical hymn having the verse form of the Psalms

First Known Use of Gloria in Excelsis

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Gloria in Excelsis

Late Latin, glory (be to God) on high

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“Gloria in Excelsis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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