Meaning of MASS in English


Pronunciation: ' mas

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English mæsse, modification of Vulgar Latin *messa, literally, dismissal at the end of a religious service, from Late Latin missa, from Latin, feminine of missus, past participle of mittere to send

Date: before 12th century

1 capitalized : the liturgy of the Eucharist especially in accordance with the traditional Latin rite

2 often capitalized : a celebration of the Eucharist <Sunday mass es held at three different hours>

3 : a musical setting for the ordinary of the Mass

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.