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Definition of "plainsong" [plainsong]

  • Roman Catholic Church Gregorian chant. (noun)
  • Roman Catholic Church Any monophonic medieval liturgical music without strict meter and traditionally sung without accompaniment. Also called plainchant. (noun)

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Use "plainsong" in a sentence
  • "The masses fall into two (probably chronological) groups: the first consists of those printed in 1532 and those in the manuscript Montserrat 768 (copied 1546), which are primarily parody masses; the second consists of those found in Montserrat 772 (copied 1560), which paraphrase plainsong melodies and reflect the conservatism of Philip II and his court."
  • "The Colby College graduate paused from his avocation, as well as his duties as a commercial lender at TD Banknorth's Augusta and Waterville offices, to answer some questions about a spiritual art and craft, also called plainsong, that seems largely neglected in the 21st century."
  • "The Accentus must be plainsong, and must be that plainsong which is found in the present typical edition, styled the Vatican Edition, of the "Roman"