Sanc·​tus ˈsaŋ(k)-təs How to pronounce Sanctus (audio)
-ˌtüs How to pronounce Sanctus (audio)
: an ancient Christian hymn of adoration sung or said immediately before the prayer of consecration in traditional liturgies

Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Sanctus was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Sanctus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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