- a short passage, usually from the Bible, recited or sung as a response after certain parts of a liturgical service
- a psalm, hymn, etc, chanted or sung in alternate parts
- any response or answer
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- Music and Dancea song to be chanted or sung responsively.
an•tiph•o•ny/ænˈtɪfəni/USA pronunciation n. [countable],pl. -nies .
- 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 (tà) 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