[ kan-ti-kuhl ]
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  1. one of the nonmetrical hymns or chants, chiefly from the Bible, used in church services.

  2. a song, poem, or hymn especially of praise.

Origin of canticle

1175–1225; Middle English (<Old French ) <Latin canticulum, equivalent to cantic(um) song (see canticum) + -ulum-ule

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How to use canticle in a sentence

  • In perpetual canticle of love it finds resemblances of the Divine Object of its devotion throughout all nature.

    The Catacombs of Rome | William Henry Withrow
  • My tears are falling on this page, but my higher and truer self is singing a canticle of praise and wonderful joy.

  • On the conclusion of the canticle, the coffin was raised from the bier and the door of the court was opened.

  • But a litany before the air and a canticle after the air are not the same thing.

    The Life of Rossini | Henry Sutherland Edwards
  • But Gissing wondered, for a little later he heard a cheerful canticle upraised in the open fields.

    Where the Blue Begins | Christopher Morley

British Dictionary definitions for canticle


/ (ˈkæntɪkəl) /

  1. a nonmetrical hymn, derived from the Bible and used in the liturgy of certain Christian churches

  2. a song, poem, or hymn, esp one that is religious in character

Origin of canticle

C13: from Latin canticulum, diminutive of canticus a song, from canere to sing

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