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[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).
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Origin of versicle

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

Historical Examples

  • And at the end of what seemed to be a versicle of his chant he called Bluebeard.

    Stories of Comedy


  • "I only chanted a versicle from one of the Psalms," he explained.

    The Spanish Brothers

    Deborah Alcock

  • And the versicle, 'Glory be to the Father,' etc., is then said.

  • Every versicle—well do we remember it—concluded with the exordium, “Damn their eyes!”

  • It consists of three texts describing the mystery, recited as versicle and response alternately with the salutation "Hail, Mary!"

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
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Word Origin

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