- (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.
Origin of Magnificat
Examples from the Web for magnificat
This so-called “Madonna of the Magnificat” was painted in Florence around 1485 by Sandro Botticelli and his team.Paul Allen Goes Old Master
October 8, 2012
I have a special, undiluted dislike of one picture,—the Magnificat.My New Curate
For all Scientists study their Bibles diligently, and they know their Magnificat.Christian Science
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
During the Magnificat I was, I regret to say, almost overcome with sleep.Great Ghost Stories
St. Charles was of one mind with those who sing the Magnificat of trifles.The Life of Francis Thompson
Plummer wonders if James had not heard his mother recite the Magnificat.Studies in the Epistle of James
A. T. Robertson
- Christianity the hymn of the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:46-55), used as a canticle
Word Origin and History for magnificat
c.1200, from Latin third person singular of magnificare (see magnificence), from first words of the Virgin's hymn (Luke i:46, in Vulgate Magnificat anima mea dominum "My soul doth magnify the Lord") used as a canticle.