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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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