responsory

noun
re·​spon·​so·​ry | \ ri-ˈspän(t)s-(ə-)rē How to pronounce responsory (audio) \
plural responsories

Definition of responsory

: a set of versicles and responses sung or said after or during a lection

First Known Use of responsory

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for responsory

Middle English, from Medieval Latin responsorium, from Latin respondēre

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“Responsory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/responsory. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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