introit

introit

[in-troh-it, -troit]
noun
1.
Roman Catholic Church. a part of a psalm with antiphon recited by the celebrant of the Mass at the foot of the altar and, at High Mass, sung by the choir when the priest begins the Mass.
2.
Anglican Church, Lutheran Church. a psalm or anthem sung as the celebrant of the Holy Communion enters the sanctuary.
3.
a choral response sung at the beginning of a religious service.

Origin:
1475–85; < Medieval Latin introitus (misse or ad missam), Latin: entrance, beginning, equivalent to intro-, combining form of intrō intro- + -i-, variant stem of īre to go + -tus suffix of v. action

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introit (ˈɪntrɔɪt)
 
n
RC Church, Church of England a short prayer said or sung as the celebrant is entering the sanctuary to celebrate Mass or Holy Communion
 
[C15: from Church Latin introitus introit, from Latin: entrance, from introīre to go in, from intro- + īre to go]
 
in'troital
 
adj

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introit
1481, from O.Fr. introit (14c.), lit. "a going in," from L. introitus, pp. of introire "to enter," from intro- + ire "to go."
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