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Word of the Day
Saturday, December 24, 2011

Definitions for canticle

  1. A song, poem, or hymn especially of praise.
  2. One of the nonmetrical hymns or chants, chiefly from the Bible, used in church services.

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Citations for canticle
And, yes, finally, I understood the love in this canticle not just as love between man and woman as they unite, but between the Creator and His people, our Israel. Donna Jo Napoli, Song of the Magdalene
Of course, anyone who writes canticles must know the life of the saint to perfection, to the least trivial detail. Anton Chekhov, The Bishop and Other Stories
Origin of canticle
Canticle comes from the Latin word canticum meaning “song.” (That is also the root of “canto.”) The suffix -ule implies a diminutive version, like the word capsule.