Canticle Can"ti*cle, n.; pl. {Canticles}. [L. canticulum a little song, dim. of canticum song, fr. cantus a singing, fr. coner to sing. See {Chant}.] 1. A song; esp. a little song or hymn. [Obs.] --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

2. pl. The Song of Songs or Song of Solomon, one of the books of the Old Testament. [1913 Webster]

3. A canto or division of a poem [Obs.] --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

4. A psalm, hymn, or passage from the Bible, arranged for chanting in church service. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Canticle — • Used in the English Catholic translation of the Bible as the equivalent of the Vulgate canticum in most, but not all, of the uses of that word; for where canticum is used for a sacred song Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Canticle… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • canticle — early 13c., from L. canticulum a little song, dim. of canticum song (also a scene in Roman comedy enacted by one person and accompanied by music and dancing), from cantus (see CHANT (Cf. chant)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • canticle — ► NOUN ▪ a hymn or chant forming a regular part of a church service. ORIGIN Latin canticulum little song …   English terms dictionary

  • canticle — [kan′ti kəl] n. [ME < L canticulum, dim. of canticum, song < cantus: see CHANT] 1. a song or chant 2. a hymn whose words are taken from the Bible, used in certain church services …   English World dictionary

  • Canticle — A canticle (from the Latin canticulum , a diminutive of canticum , song) is a hymn (strictly excluding the Psalms) taken from the Bible. The term is often expanded to include ancient non biblical hymns such as the Te Deum and certain psalms used… …   Wikipedia

  • canticle — /kan ti keuhl/, n. 1. one of the nonmetrical hymns or chants, chiefly from the Bible, used in church services. 2. a song, poem, or hymn esp. of praise. [1175 1225; ME ( < OF) < L canticulum, equiv. to cantic(um) song (see CANTICUM) + ulum ULE] *… …   Universalium

  • canticle — n. 1 a song or chant with a Biblical text. 2 (also Canticle of Canticles) the Song of Solomon. Etymology: ME f. OF canticle (var. of cantique) or L canticulum dimin. of canticum f. canere sing …   Useful english dictionary

  • Canticle —    Christian term for sacred song whose text is Biblical but is not one of the psalms. The Canticle of Moses (Exodus 15:1– 19), the Hymn of the Three Children (Daniel 3:57–88) and some others were used in Jewish temple and synagogue rites in… …   Historical dictionary of sacred music

  • canticle — cantica ит. [ка/нтика] canticle англ. [кэ/нтикл] песнь, гимн …   Словарь иностранных музыкальных терминов

  • canticle —    This word (from the Latin canticum, meaning song ) usually refers to biblical hymns (other than the psalms), such as those found in the Song of Solomon in the Old Testament and the hymns of Mary (see Lk 1:46 55) and Zechariah (see Lk 1:68 79)… …   Glossary of theological terms

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