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