WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
an•ti•phon /ˈæntəˌfɑn/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Music and Dancea song to be chanted or sung responsively.
an•tiph•o•nal/ænˈtɪfənəl/USA pronunciation  adj. 
an•tiph•o•ny/ænˈtɪfəni/USA pronunciation  n. [countable],pl. -nies .

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
an•ti•phon  (antə fon′), 
  1. Music and Dancea verse or song to be chanted or sung in response.
    • a psalm, hymn, or prayer sung in alternate parts.
    • a verse or a series of verses sung as a prelude or conclusion to some part of the service.
  • Greek () antíphōna, neuter plural of antíphōnos sounding in answer, equivalent. to anti- anti- + phōn(é̄) sound + -os adjective, adjectival suffix. Cf. anthem
  • Medieval Latin antiphōna responsive singing
  • 1490–1500

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

antiphon /ˈæntɪfən/ n
  1. a short passage, usually from the Bible, recited or sung as a response after certain parts of a liturgical service
  2. a psalm, hymn, etc, chanted or sung in alternate parts
  3. any response or answer
Etymology: 15th Century: from Late Latin antiphōna sung responses, from Late Greek, plural of antiphōnon (something) responsive, from antiphōnos, from anti- + phōnē sound

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