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plainsong

or plain song

[ pleyn-sawng, -song ]
/ ˈpleɪnˌsɔŋ, -ˌsɒŋ /
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noun

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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British Dictionary definitions for plainsong

plainsong
/ (ˈpleɪnˌsɒŋ) /

noun

the style of unison unaccompanied vocal music used in the medieval Church, esp in Gregorian chantAlso called: plainchant
C16: translation of Medieval Latin cantus plānus
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