Definition of versicle in English:



  • A short sentence said or sung by the minister in a church service, to which the congregation gives a response.

    • ‘Pieces like this may have been composed as a sort of trope on that versicle to be sung in the Divine Office.’
    • ‘This is reflected in the choice of prayers, psalms, versicles, and antiphons.’
    • ‘The low woodnotes of a roller served as a substitute for Gloria in Excelsis following our final response to Adam's versicles.’
    • ‘There's a big role for the Precentor or Cantor - he has all the versicles and the choir gives the responses.’
    • ‘Some were satirical epics in the manner of Pope, on the state of British society; others more enigmatic little versicles.’


Middle English: from Old French versicule or Latin versiculus, diminutive of versus (see verse).