[ an-tif-uh-nee ]
/ ænˈtɪf ə ni /

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.

Origin of antiphony

First recorded in 1585–95; antiphon + -y3

Related forms

an·ti·phon·ic [an-tuh-fon-ik] /ˌæn təˈfɒn ɪk/, adjectivean·ti·phon·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for 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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