Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

The Best Internet Slang

antiphonal

[an-tif-uh-nl] /ænˈtɪf ə nl/
adjective
1.
pertaining to antiphons or antiphony; responsive.
noun
2.
an antiphonary.
Origin of antiphonal
1685-1695
First recorded in 1685-95; antiphon + -al1
Related forms
antiphonally, adverb
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for antiphonal
Historical Examples
  • Then, if you like, we can chant confidences in an antiphonal chorus.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • Wild cries burst from his audience, antiphonal with his own.

  • Its structure is antiphonal as between Men, Women, and the two combined.

  • Neither the shout nor the antiphonal song was brought from Africa.

  • And spontaneously there rose an antiphonal pantun, or song of war.

    Cursed

    George Allan England
  • They seemed to be engaged in antiphonal praises of abstract right.

    Rose MacLeod Alice Brown
  • But their antiphonal shout was no pine-voiced song of the sea, it was the sea itself.

    Old Plymouth Trails Winthrop Packard
  • He adds an echoing, antiphonal phrase; but even with this help he gets no further.

    Richard Wagner John F. Runciman
  • The chorus of good angels again comes on the stage, and with antiphonal harmonies reveals the growing discontent.

    Vondel's Lucifer Joost van den Vondel
  • Behind them the voices of Mrs. Myers and Mrs. Hill answered each other with antiphonal regularity.

    Atlantic Narratives Mary Antin
British Dictionary definitions for antiphonal

antiphonal

/ænˈtɪfənəl/
adjective
1.
sung or recited in alternation
noun
2.
another word for antiphonary
Derived Forms
antiphonally, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for antiphonal
adj.

1719, from antiphon + -al. Related: Antiphonally.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for antiphonal

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for antiphonal

0
18
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for antiphonal