antiphon

noun
an·ti·phon | \ ˈan-tə-fən , -ˌfän \

Definition of antiphon 

1 : a psalm, anthem, or verse sung responsively

2 : a verse usually from Scripture said or sung before and after a canticle, psalm, or psalm verse as part of the liturgy

First Known Use of antiphon

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for antiphon

Middle English antiphone, from Middle French, from Late Latin antiphona — more at anthem

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