Magnificat Definition

The hymn of the Virgin Mary in Luke 1:46-55, beginning (in Latin) Magnificat anima mea Dominum, “My soul magnifies the Lord”
Webster's New World
Any musical setting for this.
Webster's New World
Any song, poem, or hymn of praise.
Webster's New World

(music) The liturgical canticle of the Virgin Mary, sung in Christian churches; taken from her reported words at the Annunciation.


Origin of Magnificat

  • Middle English from Medieval Latin from Latin magnificat it magnifies third person sing. present tense of magnificāre to magnify, extol magnify

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

  • Borrowing from Latin magnificat.

    From Wiktionary

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