can·​ti·​cle | \ ˈkan-ti-kəl How to pronounce canticle (audio) \

Definition of canticle

: song specifically : one of several liturgical songs (such as the Magnificat) taken from the Bible

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the monks offered up a canticle at dawn on Easter morning
Recent Examples on the Web Ancestor Glade is home to a rare canticle tree, the bark of which attracts a whisper of moths to aid you in deciphering an ancient Elder Scroll. Cian Maheer, Washington Post, 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of canticle

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for canticle

Middle English, from Latin canticulum, diminutive of canticum song, from cantus, past participle of canere

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The first known use of canticle was in the 13th century

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“Canticle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of canticle

: a song that has words from the Bible and that is used in Christian church services

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