Definition of responsory in English:

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Pronunciation: /rəˈspänsərē/

noun (plural responsories)

(In the Christian Church) an anthem said or sung by a soloist and choir after a lesson.
Example sentences
  • I was introduced to his music by something he probably considered rather minor: a little book of hymns and responsories for the church year.
  • The chants set were Vespers responsories, Mass graduals, and alleluias, and perhaps some processional antiphons.
  • Prime refers to the Divine Office, the regimen of worship separated into daily ‘hours’ - those psalms, canticles, hymns, responsories, antiphons, and so on, distinct from the mass.


Late Middle English: from late Latin responsorium, from Latin respons- 'answered', from the verb respondere (see respond).

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Syllabification: re·spon·so·ry

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