- 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.
Examples 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.