ETYM Latin canticulum a little song, dim. of canticum song, from cantus a singing, from coner to sing. Related to Chant.
A hymn derived from the Bible.
Short holy song or sung prayer.
Short psalm; holy song.
In the Roman Catholic or Anglican liturgies, a hymn or song of praise based on scripture and similar to a psalm, but whose text does not originate in the Book of Psalms. An example of a canticle is the Magnificat of Anglican evensong.