Dictionary source: LATIN- ENGLISH (AZAD)
English to English translation of Sanctus sanctus \sanc"tus\ (?), n. [l. sanctus, p. p. of sancire.] 1. (eccl.) a part of the mass, or, in protestant churches, a part of the communion service, of which the first words in latin are sanctus, sanctus, sanctus [holy, holy, holy]; -- called also tersanctus. 2. (mus.) an anthem composed for these words. sanctus bell, a small bell usually suspended in a bell cot at the apex of the nave roof, over the chancel arch, in medi?val churches, but a hand bell is now often used; -- so called because rung at the singing of the sanctus, at the conclusion of the ordinary of the mass, and again at the elevation of the host. called also mass bell , sacring bell, saints' bell , sance-bell, sancte bell.