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Magnificat

[mag-nif-i-kat, -kaht; mahg-nif-i-kaht, mahn-yif-] /mægˈnɪf ɪˌkæt, -ˌkɑt; mɑgˈnɪf ɪˌkɑt, mɑnˈyɪf-/
noun
1.
(italics) the hymn of the Virgin Mary in Luke, 1:46–55, beginning “My soul doth magnify the Lord,” used as a canticle at evensong or vespers.
2.
a musical setting for this.
Origin
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English < Latin: (it) magnifies (from the first word of the hymn)
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Magnificat

/mæɡˈnɪfɪˌkæt/
noun
1.
(Christianity) the hymn of the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:46-55), used as a canticle
Word Origin
from the opening phrase in the Latin version, Magnificat anima mea Dominum (my soul doth magnify the Lord)
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Word Origin and History for Magnificat
n.

c.1200, from Latin third person singular of magnificare (see magnificence), from first words of the Virgin's hymn (Luke i:46, in Vulgate Magnificat anima mea dominum "My soul doth magnify the Lord") used as a canticle.

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