Meaning of CANTICLE in English

/kan"ti keuhl/ , n.

1. one of the nonmetrical hymns or chants, chiefly from the Bible, used in church services.

2. a song, poem, or hymn esp. of praise.

[ 1175-1225; ME ( canticulum, equiv. to cantic ( um ) song (see CANTICUM) + -ulum -ULE ]

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