or plain song
[ pleyn-sawng, -song ]
/ ˈpleɪnˌsɔŋ, -ˌsɒŋ /
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the unisonous vocal music used in the Christian church from the earliest times.
modal liturgical music; Gregorian chant.
a cantus firmus or theme chosen for contrapuntal development.
any simple and unadorned melody or air.
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Also called plainchant (for defs. 1, 2).
Origin of plainsong
1505–15; translation of Medieval Latin cantus plānus
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How to use plainsong in a sentence
The musical part is Gregorian plain-song; but sufficiently varied to prevent the sense of severe monotony.The Church Index|William Pepperell
The Plain-song is perhaps more often found in a lower part, the Descant being higher.Shakespeare and Music|Edward W. Naylor
He loves mysticism and plain song; he is exceptional, and therefore he must have been also carefully chosen for me in heaven.En Route|J.-K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans
Cujus non sum dignus calceamente solvere;' below are different musical instruments, the words above are set to plain song.Intarsia and Marquetry|F. Hamilton Jackson
At least I never can catch any of the text of the plain song, nothing but the Babylonish choral howl at the tail on't.A Letter Book|George Saintsbury
British Dictionary definitions for plainsong
/ (ˈpleɪnˌsɒŋ) /
the style of unison unaccompanied vocal music used in the medieval Church, esp in Gregorian chantAlso called: plainchant
Word Origin for plainsong
C16: translation of Medieval Latin cantus plānus
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