ver·​si·​cle ˈvər-si-kəl How to pronounce versicle (audio)
: a short verse or sentence (as from a psalm) said or sung by a leader in public worship and followed by a response from the people
: a little verse

Word History


Middle English, borrowed from Latin versiculus, from versus verse entry 1 + -culus, diminutive suffix

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of versicle was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Versicle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

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