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Sanctus Line breaks: Sanc|tus
Pronunciation: /ˈsaŋ(k)təs/

Definition of Sanctus in English:


Christian Church
A hymn beginning Sanctus, sanctus, sanctus (Holy, holy, holy) forming a set part of the Mass.
Example sentences
  • 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'.

Words that rhyme with Sanctus

cactus • saltus • Diophantus

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