[ sangk-tuh s ]
/ ˈsæŋk təs /


(italics) Also called Tersanctus. the hymn beginning “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts,” with which the Eucharistic preface culminates.
a musical setting for this hymn.

Origin of Sanctus

< Latin sānctus holy, hallowed (past participle of sancīre to hallow), the first word of the hymn Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sanctus


/ (ˈsæŋktəs) /


liturgy the hymn that occurs immediately after the preface in the celebration of the Eucharist
a musical setting of this, usually incorporated into the Ordinary of the Roman Catholic Mass

Word Origin for Sanctus

C14: from the first word of the hymn, Sanctus sanctus sanctus Holy, holy, holy, from Latin sancīre to consecrate
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