- a verse or song to be chanted or sung in response.
- a psalm, hymn, or prayer sung in alternate parts.
- a verse or a series of verses sung as a prelude or conclusion to some part of the service.
Origin of antiphon
Examples from the Web for antiphon
The people demanded of Antiphon the meaning of these visions.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Yes, he said, and the name of our brother, Antiphon; but why do you ask?Parmenides
In this context some discussions with Antiphon the sophist deserve record.The Memorabilia
But there was Antiphon—son to Menecrates—and a whole mina; why not him?The Works of Lucian of Samosata, v. 4
Lucian of Samosata
It is a coincidence, if not something more, that puts the antiphon O Oriens!Ortus Christi
Mother St. Paul
- a short passage, usually from the Bible, recited or sung as a response after certain parts of a liturgical service
- a psalm, hymn, etc, chanted or sung in alternate parts
- any response or answer
Word Origin and History for antiphon
c.1500, "a versicle sung responsively," from Middle French antiphone "hymn" or directly from Medieval Latin antiphona, from Greek antiphona, from anti- "over against" (see anti-) + phone "voice" (see fame (n.)). A re-adoption of the word which had become anthem in English and lost its original meaning.