an·​ti·​phon | \ ˈan-tə-fən How to pronounce antiphon (audio) , -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

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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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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“Antiphon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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