- 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.
Words nearby antiphon
Example sentences from the Web for antiphon
In this context some discussions with Antiphon the sophist deserve record.The Memorabilia|Xenophon
To test his qualifications for election he was given an antiphon to set in four parts, and locked up in a room to fulfil his task.Story-Lives of Great Musicians|Francis Jameson Rowbotham
Antiphon also tells us that he killed one of his servants by striking him with a club, at the gymnasium of Sibyrtus.Plutarch's Lives, Volume I (of 4)|Plutarch
The bishops and other ministers of the church advance singing the antiphon, 'Zaccheus, make haste and come down,' etc.Churches and Church Ornaments|William Durandus
Antiphon is also said to have composed a Τέχνη or art of Rhetoric.