WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
an•ti•phon /ˈæntəˌfɑn/USA pronunciation  n. [countable]

    a song to be chanted or sung responsively.
an•tiph•o•nal/ænˈtɪfənəl/USA pronunciation adj. 
an•tiph•o•nal•ly,adv. 
an•tiph•o•ny/ænˈtɪfəni/USA pronunciation n. [countable],pl.  -nies.


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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