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n. pl. Sanc·tus·es
1. A hymn of praise sung or spoken at the end of the Preface in many Eucharistic liturgies, including the Ordinary of the Roman Catholic Mass.
2. A musical setting for this hymn.

[Middle English, from Late Latin Sānctus, from Latin sānctus, holy (from the first word of the hymn); see sanctify.]


1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) liturgy the hymn that occurs immediately after the preface in the celebration of the Eucharist
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a musical setting of this, usually incorporated into the Ordinary of the Roman Catholic Mass
[C14: from the first word of the hymn, Sanctus sanctus sanctus Holy, holy, holy, from Latin sancīre to consecrate]


(ˈsæŋk təs)

the hymn with which the Eucharistic preface culminates.
[< Latin sānctus secured by sanctions, inviolate, holy]


A Latin word meaning holy, used to mean a Roman Catholic hymn that begins with this word.
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(Throughout this edition, readers may stumble over the absence of "the" before "Sanctus" in favor of Boe's arcane and uncommon [albeit correct] adoption of the Latin plural form "Sanctus" into English - in lieu of the impossible "Sanctuses" - to parallel plurals such as "Kyries" and "Glorias.") They not only include the repertory of Sanctus melodies, Sanctus tropes, and Hosanna prosulae found in manuscripts of the late eleventh and early twelfth centuries from southern Italy, but also the preface chants that introduce the singing of the Sanctus in the liturgy.