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Related to Plain-song: Gregorian chant
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.]
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(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]
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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]
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A nonmetrical church chant.
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|Noun||1.||plainsong - 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
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plainsong[ˈpleɪnˌsɒŋ] n → canto piano
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