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Definition of "call-and-response" [call-and-response]

  • Of or relating to a style of singing in which the melody sung by one singer is responded to or echoed by another or others. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "call-and-response" in a sentence
  • "She had a call-and-response catchphrase/greeting with home-shoppers who would call in: "Quack, quack!""
  • "During a spaghetti dinner that Romney was hosting at the Tilton School in Tilton, N.H., protestors used the "human microphone," a call-and-response tactic originally designed to get around New York's ban on use of amplification equipment without a permit."
  • "He lands hammer blows of bass on Flash Back as a funked-up melody zigzags overhead; he cycles through the jabbing riff of Hover Traps in one sound after another, like a call-and-response among friends."
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