from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A song or chant, especially a nonmetrical hymn with words taken from a biblical text other than from the Book of Psalms.
- n. Bible The Song of Songs.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a chant, hymn or song, especially a nonmetrical one, with words from a biblical text
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A song; esp. a little song or hymn.
- n. The Song of Songs or Song of Solomon, one of the books of the Old Testament.
- n. A canto or division of a poem.
- n. A psalm, hymn, or passage from the Bible, arranged for chanting in church service.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of the non-metrical hymns recorded in the Bible as sung on some special occasion, and expressive of joy, thanksgiving, or confidence in God's help.
- n. One of these hymns, or a composition of similar character, arranged for chanting, and so used in church service.
- n. Specifically [capitalized] plural The Songs, otherwise called the Song of Songs, or Song of Solomon (LL. Canticum Canticorum Salomonis), one of the books of the Old Testament.
- n. A division of a song or poem; a canto.
- n. Any song or hymn, properly one that is brief and simple.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a hymn derived from the Bible
Middle English, from Latin canticulum, diminutive of cantus, song, from past participle of canere, to sing; see kan- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin canticulum, diminutive of cantus, song (Wiktionary)