plainsong

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plain·song

 (plān′sông′, -sŏng′)
n. Ecclesiastical
1. Gregorian chant.
2. Monophonic medieval liturgical music without strict meter and traditionally sung without accompaniment. In both senses also called plainchant.

[Translation of Medieval Latin cantus plānus.]

plainsong

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

plain•song

(ˈpleɪnˌsɔŋ, -ˌsɒŋ)

n.
the ancient traditional unisonal music of the Christian Church, having its form set and its use prescribed by ecclesiastical tradition.
[1505–15; translation of Medieval Latin cantus plānus]

plainsong

A nonmetrical church chant.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.plainsong - a liturgical chant of the Roman Catholic Churchplainsong - a liturgical chant of the Roman Catholic Church
chant - a repetitive song in which as many syllables as necessary are assigned to a single tone
cantus firmus - a melody used as the basis for a polyphonic composition
Translations

plainsong

[ˈpleɪnsɒŋ] Ncanto m llano

plainsong

[ˈpleɪnˌsɒŋ] ncanto piano
References in classic literature ?
More than once, in the choir, at the hour of the offices, his neighbor in the stalls had heard him mingle with the plain song,
Here Don Quixote called out, "Child, child, go straight on with your story, and don't run into curves and slants, for to establish a fact clearly there is need of a great deal of proof and confirmation;" and said Master Pedro from within, "Boy, stick to your text and do as the gentleman bids you; it's the best plan; keep to your plain song, and don't attempt harmonies, for they are apt to break down from being over fine.
Plain Songs gathers "versions" and "improvisations" influenced by the poems of Jean Follain.