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antiphonary

[an-tif-uh-ner-ee]
noun, plural an·tiph·o·nar·ies.
  1. a book of antiphons.
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Origin of antiphonary

1425–75; late Middle English < Medieval Latin antiphōnārium; learned borrowing replacing earlier versions, which had undergone changes: Middle English anfenere, antefenar, antiphoner(e), Old English antefnere (compare Middle Dutch antiffenaer, Middle Low German antifenēr, Old High German antiphenere) < Medieval Latin See antiphon, -ary
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Historical Examples of antiphonary

  • He is said to dwell mainly upon the proper manner of performing the antiphonary and the graduale.

    A Popular History of the Art of Music

    W. S. B. Mathews

  • The Antiphonary contained the antiphons or anthems, sung at the canonical hours, and certain other minor parts of the service.


British Dictionary definitions for antiphonary

antiphonary

noun plural -naries
  1. a bound collection of antiphons, esp for use in the divine office
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adjective
  1. of or relating to such a book
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