plainsong

noun
plain·​song | \ ˈplān-ˌsȯŋ How to pronounce plainsong (audio) \

Definition of plainsong

: a monophonic rhythmically free liturgical chant of any of various Christian rites especially : gregorian chant

Examples of plainsong in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This writing suggests not so much prose as plainsong—timeless, full of deceptive simplicity, and somehow, in its uncanniness, modal, rather than major or minor. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "“The Divers’ Game,” Jesse Ball’s Unnerving Parable of a Country That Feigns Innocence," 23 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of plainsong

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Plainsong.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plainsong. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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