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in•tro•it  (intrō it, -troit),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. 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.
  2. Religion[Anglican Ch., Lutheran Ch.]a psalm or anthem sung as the celebrant of the Holy Communion enters the sanctuary.
  3. 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
  • 1475–85


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introit /ˈɪntrɔɪt/ n
  1. a short prayer said or sung as the celebrant is entering the sanctuary to celebrate Mass or Holy Communion
Etymology: 15th Century: from Church Latin introitus introit, from Latin: entrance, from introīre to go in, from intro- + īre to go

inˈtroital adj



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