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versicle Line breaks: vers|icle
Pronunciation: /ˈvəːsɪk(ə)l/

Definition of versicle in English:


(usually versicles)
A short sentence said or sung by the minister in a church service, to which the congregation gives a response.
Example sentences
  • The low woodnotes of a roller served as a substitute for Gloria in Excelsis following our final response to Adam's versicles.
  • There's a big role for the Precentor or Cantor - he has all the versicles and the choir gives the responses.
  • Pieces like this may have been composed as a sort of trope on that versicle to be sung in the Divine Office.


Middle English: from Old French versicule or Latin versiculus, diminutive of versus (see verse).

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