Magnificat

Magnificat

[mag-nif-i-kat, -kaht; mahg-nif-i-kaht, mahn-yif-]
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; Middle English < Latin: (it) magnifies (from the first word of the hymn)

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Magnificat (mæɡˈnɪfɪˌkæt)
 
n
Christianity the hymn of the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:46-55), used as a canticle
 
[from the opening phrase in the Latin version, Magnificat anima mea Dominum (my soul doth magnify the Lord)]

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Magnificat
c.1200, from L. third pers. sing. 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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