[ kan-ti-kuh l ]
/ ˈkæn tɪ kəl /


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

1175–1225; Middle English (< Old French) < Latin canticulum, equivalent to cantic(um) song (see canticum) + -ulum -ule Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for canticle


/ (ˈkæntɪkəl) /


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

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