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canticle

[kan-ti-kuh l] /ˈkæn tɪ kəl/
noun
1.
one of the nonmetrical hymns or chants, chiefly from the Bible, used in church services.
2.
a song, poem, or hymn especially of praise.
Origin of canticle
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English (< Old French) < Latin canticulum, equivalent to cantic(um) song (see canticum) + -ulum -ule
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canticle

/ˈkæntɪkəl/
noun
1.
a nonmetrical hymn, derived from the Bible and used in the liturgy of certain Christian churches
2.
a song, poem, or hymn, esp one that is religious in character
Word Origin
C13: from Latin canticulum, diminutive of canticus a song, from canere to sing
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Word Origin and History for canticle
n.

"short hymn," early 13c., from Latin canticulum "a little song," diminutive of canticum "song" (also a scene in Roman comedy enacted by one person and accompanied by music and dancing), from cantus (see chant (v.)).

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