Definition of canticle in English:


Syllabification: can·ti·cle
Pronunciation: /ˈkan(t)ək(ə)l


1A hymn or chant, typically with a biblical text, forming a regular part of a church service.
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  • Subtitled ‘Overture on Liturgical Themes,’ it is based on the Obikhod, a collection of Russian Orthodox canticles, biblical texts, and hymns.
  • Everything necessary for daily observance is here: church season prayers, saints' days, canticles, selected psalms, and a 30-day cycle of New Testament readings.
  • The formal part of the wedding (the vows and rings) came first, and the usual particulars of evensong followed - Rose responses, a psalm to Anglican chant, Gibbons Second Service canticles, and a few hymns.
2 (Canticles or Canticle of Canticles) another name for Song of Songs (especially in the Vulgate Bible).


Middle English: from Latin canticulum 'little song', diminutive of canticum, from canere 'sing'.

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