- 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
Related Words for canticlehymn, verse, chant, melody, chorus, paean, ditty, psalm, oratorio, eulogy, shout, celebration, chorale, canticle, ceremony, ritual, dirge, liturgy, threnody, elegy
Examples from the Web for canticle
Historical Examples of 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 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.)).