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 \

Definition of magnificat

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

First Known Use of magnificat

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for magnificat

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

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“Magnificat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/magnificat. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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