an·​tiph·​o·​ny an-ˈti-fə-nē How to pronounce antiphony (audio)
plural antiphonies
: responsive alternation between two groups especially of singers

Examples of antiphony in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Italian Jewish composer Salamone Rossi set Psalm 112 in Hebrew, in mainly chordal antiphony. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 2 Mar. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1592, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of antiphony was in 1592

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“Antiphony.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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