Meaning of antiphonary in English:


Pronunciation /anˈtɪfən(ə)ri/

nounplural noun antiphonaries

  • (in the Western Christian Church) a book of plainsong for the Divine Office.

    ‘Business had invaded the cloisters, where, in lieu of antiphonaries, fat ledgers lay on the lecterns.’
    • ‘As we shall see, the antiphonaries and graduals of Santa Maria del Fiore include illuminations that are clearly Medicean in their iconographic details.’
    • ‘This comprises choir psalters for the Eucharist, breviaries and antiphonaries as well as missals, lectionaries and graduales, which were used during mass.’
    • ‘A passage closely resembling the opening strains of Kol Nidre appears in two medieval antiphonaries where it is given as an example of a pneuma in the first Gregorian mode.’
    • ‘Comparison with the structures of bygone centuries can prove useful, because the format of anthem books and antiphonaries is very similar to that of bound newspapers.’
    • ‘The format of antiphonaries is large and the text consists of several abbreviations to maximize the size of the script, so that it could be read by the choir, gathered at a tall pulpit during mass.’
    • ‘It is a winter antiphonary made up of 87 parchment pages.’
    • ‘The Manuscript Division also contains antiphonaries and missals from the Catholic Church from the Medieval and early modern eras.’
    • ‘The manuscript antiphonary was inscribed by Joanes Von Werd de Augusta of Augsburg for the Kranj parish, and finished in 1491.’
    • ‘As in many Renaissance antiphonaries, the prominence of the large historiated initial T and the profuse border decoration have reduced the text to a few verses.’
    • ‘In 1980 Daniel Wildenstein enriched the museum with his father's extraordinary collection of illuminations: 228 mediaeval miniatures taken from antiphonaries, missals and books of hours.’
    • ‘This leaf is one of a group of twelve cuttings excised from two volumes of an antiphonary.’
    • ‘Virtually all types of medieval book are represented - Bibles, Psalters, antiphonaries, missals, patristic and philosophical texts, devotional works, and over fifty Books of Hours.’
    • ‘The museum contains polyptychs, illuminated antiphonaries from the end of the fifteenth century, silverware, chalices, reliquaries, and a precious manuscript by Lotarius, king of Lorraine, dated 840.’
    • ‘The word ‘antiphon’ refers to versicles or sentences sung by two voices in response to each other; an antiphonary is a collection of such sentences.’
    • ‘The collected microfilms contain medieval manuscripts of musical compositions, such as missals, antiphonaries, graduals, passions, lamentations, lute and organ tabulatures, as well as treatises on the theory of music.’
    • ‘The anthem books belong to a complete series composed of antiphonaries and graduals, which the Dominican community used for liturgy all year round, as established by the General Chapter of Paris in 1256.’
    • ‘The majority of works formerly in the collection of Robert Lehman represents one of the most spectacular types of illuminated manuscripts (and a specialty of Italian artists) - the oversized choir books, known as antiphonaries and graduals, that contain the sung parts of the mass.’
    • ‘The date 1314 identifies the manuscript as part of a documented antiphonary series. The same date together with the signature of the scribe can be found in another volume in Bologna.’
    • ‘The Istanbul Antiphonal is a large, secular Hungarian antiphonary of 303 folios in choirbook format, written in the diocese of Esztergom around 1360.’


Early 17th century from ecclesiastical Latin antiphonarium, from antiphōna (see antiphon).