Gloria in Excelsis

noun phrase

Gloria in Ex·​cel·​sis -ˌin-eks-ˈchel-səs How to pronounce Gloria in Excelsis (audio)
: a Christian liturgical hymn having the verse form of the Psalms

Word History


Late Latin, glory (be to God) on high

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Gloria in Excelsis was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Gloria in Excelsis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2023.

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