re·​spon·​so·​ry ri-ˈspän(t)s-(ə-)rē How to pronounce responsory (audio)
plural responsories
: a set of versicles and responses sung or said after or during a lection

Word History


Middle English, from Medieval Latin responsorium, from Latin respondēre

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of responsory was in the 15th century

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“Responsory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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