Eccles. a responsive verse or set of verses, esp. from the Psalms, used as in the Divine Office
Origin of responsoryMiddle English responsorye ; from Ecclesiastical Medieval Latin responsorium, response (in worship)
A chant or anthem recited or sung after a reading in a church service.
Origin of responsoryMiddle English responsorie, from Late Latin resp&omacron;ns&omacron;rium, from Latin resp&omacron;nsus, past participle of respond&emacron;re, to respond; see respond.
- Containing or making answer; answering.
Via Middle English from Late Latin responsorium, from Latin respons (“answered"), from the verb respondeÅ (“I answer").