the hymn beginning, in Latin, Gloria in Excelsis Deo, “Glory in the highest to God,” and in the English version, “Glory be to God on high.”
- Also called great doxology, greater doxology.
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British Dictionary definitions for Gloria in Excelsis Deo
the Greater Doxology, beginning in Latin with these words: See doxology
a musical setting of this, usually incorporated into the Ordinary of the Mass
- Often shortened to: Gloria
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