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[kawl-uh n-ri-spons] /ˈkɔl ən rɪˈspɒns/
noting or pertaining to a style of singing in which a melody sung by one singer is responded to or echoed by one or more singers.
noting or pertaining to rapid, spontaneous verbal and nonverbal interaction between speaker and listener, in which all statements are punctuated by expressions from the listener.
noun, Also, call and response
call-and-response singing.
call-and-response interaction between speaker and listener. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for call-and-response
  • Some users time their comments with the dialog or music, creating a call-and-response feel.
  • They're clapping and doing a call-and-response type of chant.
  • Students and the teacher completed this call-and-response numerous times.
  • Their frequent call-and-response songs harmonize with the sounds of birds, crickets and cicadas and other forest life around them.
British Dictionary definitions for call-and-response


a form of interaction between a speaker and one or more listeners, in which every utterance of the speaker elicits a verbal or non-verbal response from the listener or listeners
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