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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A creed.
  • n. The Apostles' Creed.
  • n. The Nicene Creed, especially as the third item of the Ordinary of the Roman Catholic Mass.
  • n. The musical setting of the Nicene Creed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A belief system.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The creed, as sung or read in the Roman Catholic church.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The creed in the service of the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches.
  • n. A musical setting of the creed, usually in canon or fugue form. It comes between the Gloria and the Sanctus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any system of principles or beliefs

Etymologies

Middle English, the Apostles' Creed, from Latin crēdō, I believe (the first word of the Apostles' Creed or the Nicene Creed), first person sing. present tense of crēdere, to believe; see kerd- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin crēdō ("I believe"); see creed. (Wiktionary)

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