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antiphon

[ an-tuh-fon ]
/ ˈæn təˌfɒn /
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noun
a verse or song to be chanted or sung in response.
Ecclesiastical.
  1. a psalm, hymn, or prayer sung in alternate parts.
  2. a verse or a series of verses sung as a prelude or conclusion to some part of the service.
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Origin of antiphon

1490–1500; <Medieval Latin antiphōna responsive singing <Greek () antíphōna, neuter plural of antíphōnos sounding in answer, equivalent to anti-anti- + phōn() sound + -os adj. suffix. Cf. anthem
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British Dictionary definitions for antiphon

antiphon
/ (ˈæntɪfən) /

noun
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 for antiphon

C15: from Late Latin antiphōna sung responses, from Late Greek, plural of antiphōnon (something) responsive, from antiphōnos, from anti- + phōnē sound
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