from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The canticle beginning Magnificat anima mea Dominum ("My soul doth magnify the Lord”).
- n. A musical setting of this canticle.
- n. A hymn or song of praise.
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- proper n. The liturgical canticle of the Virgin Mary, sung in Christian churches; taken from her reported words at the Annunciation
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The song of the Virgin Mary, Luke i. 46; -- so called because it commences with this word in the Vulgate.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The song or hymn of the Virgin Mary in Luke i. 46-55, beginning “My soul doth magnify the Lord.”
- n. A musical setting of this hymn.
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- n. (Luke) the canticle of the Virgin Mary (from Luke 1:46 beginning `Magnificat anima mea Dominum')
Middle English, from Medieval Latin, from Latin magnificat, it magnifies, third person sing. present tense of magnificāre, to magnify, extol; see magnify.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)