from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A short verse.
- n. A short sentence spoken or chanted by a priest and followed by a response from the congregation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. In poetry, and songs, particularly hymns, one of a series of lines that are shorter than a standard line of verse.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A little verse; especially, a short verse or text said or sung in public worship by the priest or minister, and followed by a response from the people.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A little verse; specifically, in liturgics, one of a succession of short verses said or sung alternately by the officiant and choir or people; especially, the verse said by the officiant or leader as distinguished from the response (R) of the choir or congregation. See verse, 2 .
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a short verse said or sung by a priest or minister in public worship and followed by a response from the congregation
Middle English, from Latin versiculus, diminutive of versus, verse; see verse1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)