Definition of Taizé in English:



  • [mass noun], [usually as modifier] The style of Christian worship practised by the ecumenical Taizé community in France, characterized by the repetitive singing of simple harmonized tunes, often in various languages, interspersed with readings, prayers, and periods of silence.

    • ‘There are a number of services throughout the week, including a 10 am service on Sundays, and Taizé services at 10 pm on Friday evenings - something for everyone.’
    • ‘This short refrain from the Taizé Community makes a wonderful response to prayer.’
    • ‘It's through the Oasis meetings that I first heard of the ecumenical community of Taizé in France.’
    • ‘The Taizé community represented everything that the future of religion ought to be.’
    • ‘The ecumenical Taizé community in France, founded in 1940, is the best-known Protestant order.’
    • ‘It was essentially a round up of some of the kinds of music on offer at Masses around Dublin at the moment, from the Palestrina Choir in the Pro-Cathedral to the Gospel Choir on Gardiner Street, folk groups, Taizé and more.’
    • ‘Indeed, the Protestant monk was an icon of Christian reconciliation - his Taizé community includes monks from Lutheran, Anglican, free church evangelical, Roman Catholic, and Eastern Orthodox traditions.’
    • ‘The plan is for ‘Pathways’ to take the shape of three prayers as is the format in Taizé: in the morning at the Catholic Chaplaincy; at lunchtime at St Aldates; and in the evening at Wesley Memorial Church.’’
    • ‘The 150 musicians attending were able to learn about the Celtic music of the Scottish island of Iona, and find out how to use Taizé chants, simple music that can be sung without accompaniment, in their own church worship.’


The name of a village in Burgundy, France, where the community was founded in 1949.