magnificat

noun

mag·​nif·​i·​cat mag-ˈni-fi-ˌkat How to pronounce magnificat (audio) -ˌkät How to pronounce magnificat (audio)
män-ˈyi-fi-ˌkät
1
capitalized
a
: the canticle of the Virgin Mary in Luke 1:46–55
b
: a musical setting for the Magnificat
2
: an utterance of praise

Word History

Etymology

Middle English, from Latin, magnifies, from magnificare to magnify; from the first word of the canticle

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of magnificat was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Magnificat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/magnificat. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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