canticle

noun can·ti·cle \ ˈkan-ti-kəl \

Definition of canticle

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

Examples of canticle in a Sentence

  1. the monks offered up a canticle at dawn on Easter morning

Origin and Etymology of canticle

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


CANTICLE Defined for English Language Learners

canticle

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Definition of canticle for English Language Learners

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


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