- one of the nonmetrical hymns or chants, chiefly from the Bible, used in church services.
- a song, poem, or hymn especially of praise.
Origin of canticle
Examples from the Web for canticle
Afterwards came the canticle: "In thy help, Virgin, do I put my trust."The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
The organ rolled diffusing the flutelike notes of a canticle of joy.Abbe Mouret's Transgression
She took up the canticle again, went down the roof, and entered the water.The Flood
When the canticle was sung and I was slipping into the sacristy, he was beside me.On the Frontier
Then, in a slow and monotonous voice, he recited the canticle.The Red Lily, Complete
- a nonmetrical hymn, derived from the Bible and used in the liturgy of certain Christian churches
- a song, poem, or hymn, esp one that is religious in character
Word Origin and History for canticle
"short hymn," early 13c., from Latin canticulum "a little song," diminutive of canticum "song" (also a scene in Roman comedy enacted by one person and accompanied by music and dancing), from cantus (see chant (v.)).