in·​troit | \ ˈin-ˌtrȯit How to pronounce introit (audio) , -ˌtrō-ət, in-ˈtrȯit, -ˈtrō-ət\

Definition of introit

1 often capitalized : the first part of the traditional proper of the Mass consisting of an antiphon, verse from a psalm, and the Gloria Patri
2 : a piece of music sung or played at the beginning of a worship service

First Known Use of introit

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for introit

Middle English, from Medieval Latin introitus, from Latin, entrance, from introire to go in, from intro- + ire to go — more at issue entry 1

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