antiphon /ˈantɪf(ə)n/


I. noun

1. (in traditional Western Christian liturgy) a short sentence sung or recited before or after a psalm or canticle.
2. a musical setting of an antiphon.
– origin late Middle English: via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek antiphōna ‘harmonies’, neuter plural of antiphōnos ‘responsive’, from anti ‘in return’ + phōnē ‘sound’.

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