Magnificat

[ mag-nif-i-kat, -kaht; mahg-nif-i-kaht, mahn-yif- ]
/ mægˈnɪf ɪˌkæt, -ˌkɑt; mɑgˈnɪf ɪˌkɑt, mɑnˈyɪf- /

noun

(italics) the hymn of the Virgin Mary in Luke, 1:46–55, beginning “My soul doth magnify the Lord,” used as a canticle at evensong or vespers.
a musical setting for this.

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Origin of Magnificat

1150–1200; Middle English <Latin: (it) magnifies (from the first word of the hymn)
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Magnificat
/ (mæɡˈnɪfɪˌkæt) /

noun

Christianity the hymn of the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:46-55), used as a canticle

Word Origin for Magnificat

from the opening phrase in the Latin version, Magnificat anima mea Dominum (my soul doth magnify the Lord)
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