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plainsong

[pleyn-sawng, -song] /ˈpleɪnˌsɔŋ, -ˌsɒŋ/
noun
1.
the unisonous vocal music used in the Christian church from the earliest times.
2.
modal liturgical music; Gregorian chant.
3.
a cantus firmus or theme chosen for contrapuntal development.
4.
any simple and unadorned melody or air.
Also, plain song.
Also called plainchant (for defs 1, 2).
Origin
1505-1515
1505-15; translation of Medieval Latin cantus plānus
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British Dictionary definitions for plain song

plainsong

/ˈpleɪnˌsɒŋ/
noun
1.
the style of unison unaccompanied vocal music used in the medieval Church, esp in Gregorian chant Also called plainchant
Word Origin
C16: translation of Medieval Latin cantus plānus
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