Sanctus

noun
Sanc·​tus | \ ˈsaŋ(k)-təs How to pronounce Sanctus (audio) ; ˈsäŋ(k)-təs, -ˌtüs How to pronounce Sanctus (audio) \

Definition of Sanctus

: an ancient Christian hymn of adoration sung or said immediately before the prayer of consecration in traditional liturgies

First Known Use of Sanctus

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Sanctus

Middle English, from Late Latin Sanctus, sanctus, sanctus Holy, holy, holy, opening of a hymn sung by the angels in Isaiah 6:3

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“Sanctus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Sanctus. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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