Meaning of PLAINSONG in English

ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun

Etymology: translation of Medieval Latin cantus planus

1. : the ancient nonmetrical monophonic chant of the church service that is based on the ecclesiastical modes and is used today in some liturgical churches — called also plainchant ; compare ambrosian chant , cantus firmus 1, gregorian chant


a. : a chant melody used as a cantus firmus for contrapuntal treatment

b. : cantus firmus 2 — compare prick song

3. : a simple air or melody

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