[vur-si-kuh l]
  1. a little verse.
  2. Ecclesiastical. a short verse, usually from the Psalms, said or sung by the officiant, after which the congregation recites a response.Compare response(def 3a).

Origin of versicle

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Latin word versiculus. See verse, -i-, -cle1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for versicle


  1. a short verse
  2. a short sentence recited or sung by the minister at a liturgical ceremony and responded to by the choir or congregation

Word Origin for versicle

C14: from Latin versiculus a little line, from versus verse
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