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n. Christianity
1. The canticle beginning Magnificat anima mea Dominum ("My soul doth magnify the Lord").
2. A musical setting of this canticle.

[Middle English, from Medieval Latin, from Latin magnificat, it magnifies, third person sing. present tense of magnificāre, to magnify, extol; see magnify.]


(Ecclesiastical Terms) Christianity the hymn of the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:46-55), used as a canticle
[from the opening phrase in the Latin version, Magnificat anima mea Dominum (my soul doth magnify the Lord)]


(mægˈnɪf ɪˌkæt, -ˌkɑt; mɑgˈnɪf ɪˌkɑt, mɑnˈyɪf-)

1. the canticle of the Virgin Mary in Luke 1:46–55.
2. a musical setting for this.
[1150–1200; < Latin: (it) magnifies (the first word of the hymn)]
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Noun1.Magnificat - (Luke) the canticle of the Virgin Mary (from Luke 1:46 beginning `Magnificat anima mea Dominum')Magnificat - (Luke) the canticle of the Virgin Mary (from Luke 1:46 beginning `Magnificat anima mea Dominum')
Gospel According to Luke, Gospel of Luke, Luke - one of the four Gospels in the New Testament; contains details of Jesus's birth and early life


[mægˈnɪfɪkæt] NMagníficat m
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His ears had caught Agnes's step at the stair-head and presently she passed us on her way to the music room humming the Magnificat.
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the Magnificat was for a long time Bach's earliest known choral work.
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