Definition of Sanctus in English:


Syllabification: Sanc·tus
Pronunciation: /ˈsaNG(k)təs


Christian Church
  • A hymn beginning Sanctus, sanctus, sanctus (Holy, holy, holy) forming a set part of the Mass.
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    • Serafin conducts some of this work too quickly for my tastes; the Sanctus should not sound like the finale of Rossini's William Tell Overture, for example.
    • We do the Gloria, the Sanctus, the Agnus Dei, and the Kyrie.
    • There are three short movements to conclude the work and these are a Sanctus, Benedictus and Agnus Dei that last just about two minutes each.


late Middle English: from Latin, literally 'holy'.

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