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Gregorian chant

the plain song or cantus firmus used in the ritual of the Roman Catholic Church.
a melody in this style.
Origin of Gregorian chant
1745-55; named after Pope Gregory I; see -ian Unabridged
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  • For a time the world's stock of tunes is practically comprised in the melodies collected by Gregory, known as the Gregorian chant.

    The English Novel Sidney Lanier
British Dictionary definitions for Gregorian chant

Gregorian chant

another name for plainsong
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Gregorian chant definition

The traditional music for Latin texts in the worship of the Roman Catholic Church. Gregorian chant is marked by performance in unison and by free-flowing rhythms that follow the phrasing of the text. The chants often call for one syllable to be sung across several notes.

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