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(in′trō it, -troit),USA pronunciation n.
- Religion[Rom. Cath. Ch.]a part of a psalm with antiphon recited by the celebrant of the Mass at the foot of the altar and, at High Mass, sung by the choir when the priest begins the Mass.
- Religion[Anglican Ch., Lutheran Ch.]a psalm or anthem sung as the celebrant of the Holy Communion enters the sanctuary.
- Religiona choral response sung at the beginning of a religious service.
- Medieval Latin introitus (misse or ad missam), Latin: entrance, beginning, equivalent. to intro-, combining form of intrō intro- + -i-, variant stem of īre to go + -tus suffix of verb, verbal action
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introit /ˈɪntrɔɪt/ n
Etymology: 15th Century: from Church Latin introitus introit, from Latin: entrance, from introīre to go in, from intro- + īre to goinˈtroital adj
- a short prayer said or sung as the celebrant is entering the sanctuary to celebrate Mass or Holy Communion
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