- (italics) the hymn of the Virgin Mary in Luke, 1:46–55, beginning “My soul doth magnify the Lord,” used as a canticle at evensong or vespers.
- a musical setting for this.
Origin of Magnificat
Examples from the Web for magnificat
This so-called “Madonna of the Magnificat” was painted in Florence around 1485 by Sandro Botticelli and his team.Paul Allen Goes Old Master
October 8, 2012
I have a special, undiluted dislike of one picture,—the Magnificat.My New Curate
For all Scientists study their Bibles diligently, and they know their Magnificat.Christian Science
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
During the Magnificat I was, I regret to say, almost overcome with sleep.Great Ghost Stories
St. Charles was of one mind with those who sing the Magnificat of trifles.The Life of Francis Thompson</p>
Plummer wonders if James had not heard his mother recite the Magnificat.Studies in the Epistle of James
A. T. Robertson
- Christianity the hymn of the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:46-55), used as a canticle
Word Origin and History for magnificat
c.1200, from Latin third person singular of magnificare (see magnificence), from first words of the Virgin's hymn (Luke i:46, in Vulgate Magnificat anima mea dominum "My soul doth magnify the Lord") used as a canticle.