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[French plain-chant (translation of Medieval Latin cantus plānus) : plain, plain; see plain + chant, song; see chant.]
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(Music, other) another name for plainsong
[C18: from French, rendering Medieval Latin cantus plānus; see plain1]
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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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|Noun||1.||plainchant - 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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