antiphony

[ an-tif-uh-nee ]
/ ænˈtɪf ə ni /
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noun, plural an·tiph·o·nies.

alternate or responsive singing by a choir in two divisions.
a psalm, verse, etc., so sung; antiphon.
a responsive musical utterance.

Nearby words

  1. antiphlogistic,
  2. antiphon,
  3. antiphonal,
  4. antiphonary,
  5. antiphonic,
  6. antiphrasis,
  7. antiphus,
  8. antiplasmin,
  9. antiplastic,
  10. antipodal

Origin of antiphony

First recorded in 1585–95; antiphon + -y3

Related formsan·ti·phon·ic [an-tuh-fon-ik] /ˌæn təˈfɒn ɪk/, adjectivean·ti·phon·i·cal·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for antiphony

antiphony

/ (ænˈtɪfənɪ) /

noun plural -nies

the antiphonal singing of a musical composition by two choirs
any musical or other sound effect that answers or echoes another
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Word Origin and History for antiphony

antiphony

n.

1590s, from Greek antiphonos (see antiphon) + -y (1).

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