in·​troit ˈin-ˌtrȯit How to pronounce introit (audio)
often capitalized : the first part of the traditional proper of the Mass consisting of an antiphon, verse from a psalm, and the Gloria Patri
: a piece of music sung or played at the beginning of a worship service

Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Introit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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