versicle

[ vur-si-kuh l ]
/ ˈvɜr sɪ kəl /
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noun

a little verse.
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).

Nearby words

  1. versatile,
  2. verse,
  3. versed,
  4. versed sine,
  5. verset,
  6. versicolor,
  7. versicolour,
  8. versicular,
  9. versiera,
  10. versification

Origin of versicle

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Latin word versiculus. See verse, -i-, -cle1

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British Dictionary definitions for versicle

versicle

/ (ˈvɜːsɪkəl) /

noun

a short verse
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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