plain-song

plainsong

[pleyn-sawng, -song]
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:
1505–15; translation of Medieval Latin cantus plānus

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plainsong (ˈpleɪnˌsɒŋ)
 
n
Also called: plainchant the style of unison unaccompanied vocal music used in the medieval Church, esp in Gregorian chant
 
[C16: translation of Medieval Latin cantus plānus]

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plain-song
1510s, translates L. cantus planus.
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