Canticle definition

kăntĭ-kəl
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A song or chant.
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A hymn whose words are taken from the Bible, used in certain church services.
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A song or chant, especially a nonmetrical hymn with words taken from a biblical text other than from the book of Psalms.
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Any of the three main sections of Dante's Divine Comedy.
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A chant, hymn or song, especially a nonmetrical one, with words from a biblical text.
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(bible) The Song of Songs.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
canticle
Plural:
Canticles

Origin of canticle

  • Middle English from Latin canticulum diminutive of cantus song from past participle of canere to sing kan- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin canticulum, diminutive of cantus, song

    From Wiktionary