an·​ti·​phon ˈan-tə-fən How to pronounce antiphon (audio)
: a psalm, anthem, or verse sung responsively
: a verse usually from Scripture said or sung before and after a canticle, psalm, or psalm verse as part of the liturgy

Examples of antiphon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An antiphon is a short piece of religious text, most often derived from one of the Psalms, and set to music, usually in the form of a Gregorian chant. oregonlive, 1 Sep. 2020 Your manuscript appears to be a 16th century antiphon, and is ink on vellum, which is usually made of calfskin. oregonlive, 1 Sep. 2020 Consider using a disposable worship aid or the use of familiar hymns, songs, antiphons, and acclamations. Madeline Mitchell,, 8 May 2020

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of antiphon was in the 15th century

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“Antiphon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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