Definition of kontakion
1 : a poetic sermon with numerous stanzas that was in common use in the Byzantine rite between the 6th and 8th centuries a.d.
2 : a usually short hymn in the Eastern Orthodox Church
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Origin and Etymology of kontakion
Middle Greek kontakion, literally, scroll, probably diminutive of Late Greek kontak-, kontax pole, from Greek kontos
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