What does canticle mean?

canticle meaning in General Dictionary

A song esp just a little track or hymn

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  • a hymn produced by the Bible
  • A song; esp. somewhat song or hymn.
  • The tune of Songs or tune of Solomon, one of many publications of the Old Testament.
  • A canto or unit of a poem
  • A psalm, hymn, or passageway from Bible, organized for chanting in church service.

canticle meaning in Etymology Dictionary

"quick hymn," early 13c., from Latin canticulum "slightly track," diminutive of canticum "tune" (also a scene in Roman comedy enacted by one individual and followed by music and dancing), from cantus (see chant (v.)).