Definitions for gloria in excelsis deoˈglɔr i ə ɪn ɛkˈsɛl sɪs ˈdeɪ oʊ, ˈgloʊr-
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Glo•ri•a in Ex•cel•sis De•oˈglɔr i ə ɪn ɛkˈsɛl sɪs ˈdeɪ oʊ, ˈgloʊr-(n.)
the hymn beginning “Glory in the highest to God.”
Gloria in excelsis Deo
"Gloria in excelsis Deo" is a hymn known also as the Greater Doxology and the Angelic Hymn. The name is often abbreviated to Gloria in Excelsis or simply Gloria. It is an example of the psalmi idiotici that were popular in the 2nd and 3rd centuries. Other surviving examples of this lyric poetry are the Te Deum and the Phos Hilaron.
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