from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. the plain ecclesiastical chant in cathedral service; the plain song.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Firm or fixed song; the ancient traditional vocal music of the Christian church: so called because, its form being settled and its use prescribed by ecclesiastical authority, it was not allowable to alter it in any manner.
- n. A theme or subject taken by a composer from the ancient canto fermo of the church, for contrapuntal treatment.
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