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1. A song or chant, especially a nonmetrical hymn with words taken from a biblical text other than from the book of Psalms.
2. Canticles Bible The Song of Songs.

[Middle English, from Latin canticulum, diminutive of cantus, song, from past participle of canere, to sing; see kan- in Indo-European roots.]


1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a nonmetrical hymn, derived from the Bible and used in the liturgy of certain Christian churches
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a song, poem, or hymn, esp one that is religious in character
[C13: from Latin canticulum, diminutive of canticus a song, from canere to sing]


(ˈkæn tɪ kəl)

one of the nonmetrical hymns or chants, chiefly from the Bible, used in church services.
[1175–1225; Middle English (< Old French) < Latin canticulum, derivative of canticum song, derivative of cantus]
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Noun1.canticle - a hymn derived from the Bible
hymn, anthem - a song of praise (to God or to a saint or to a nation)


[ˈkæntɪkl] Ncántico m
the Canticlesel Cantar de los Cantares


n (Eccl) → Lobgesang m; (= song)Volksweise f; CanticlesHohelied nt, → Hohes Lied
References in classic literature ?
What a noble thing is that canticle in the fish's belly
But, above all, believe it, the sweetest canticle is', Nunc dimittis; when a man hath obtained worthy ends, and expectations.
Athelny was not displeased to find someone to whom he could read the translations with which for some time he had amused his leisure; and in his fine, vibrating voice he recited the canticle of the Soul and Christ her lover, the lovely poem which begins with the words en una noche oscura, and the noche serena of Fray Luis de Leon.
By the Temple of that wise king, which our wiser brother Richard proved unable to recover, she is the very Bride of the Canticles
In the morning pray the Benedictus, also known as the Canticle of Zachary (Luke 1:68-79).
The canticle praises the sun, moon, stars, plants, animals, water and air as reflections of the divine in nature.
It acknowledges the popularity of "Worthy is Christ," noting that this canticle is included in most of the newly published hymnals in North America.
Andrew Lutheran Canticle Choir or Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.
His A Canticle for Leibowitz remains a popular work and a standard text in many high school and college courses, especially those dealing with 20th century science fiction, apocalyptical literature, or religious themed science fiction.
s A Canticle for Leibowitz (EOS Books), about a group of monks who survive a nuclear war.
Other available options, for example, for the entrance hymn, Offertory, Verse, or post-Communion canticle, are seldom used except for the substitution of a hymn for the latter two.
Already in the Old Testament, the Book of Isaiah spoke of this with inspired foresight in the fourth canticle of the Servant of Yahweh: "All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all" (Is 53:6).