Gloria in Excelsis Deo

[ glawr-ee-uhin ek-sel-sis dey-oh, glohr- ]
/ ˈglɔr i ə ɪn ɛkˈsɛl sɪs ˈdeɪ oʊ, ˈgloʊr- /
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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.”
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Also called great doxology, greater doxology.

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British Dictionary definitions for Gloria in Excelsis Deo

Gloria in Excelsis Deo
/ (ˈɡlɔːrɪə ɪn ɛkˈsɛlsɪsˈ deɪəʊ, ˈɡlɔːrɪˌɑː, ɛksˈtʃɛlsɪs) /

the Greater Doxology, beginning in Latin with these wordsSee doxology
a musical setting of this, usually incorporated into the Ordinary of the Mass
Often shortened to: Gloria

Word Origin for Gloria in Excelsis Deo

literally: glory to God in the highest
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