Pronunciation : Re*spon"so*ry (r*spn"s*r) Part of Speech : a. Definition : Defn: Containing or making answer; answering. Johnson. Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913
Pronunciation : Re*spon"so*ry Part of Speech : n.; Etymology : [LL. responsorium.] Definition : 1. (Eccl.) (a) The answer of the people to the priest in alternate speaking, in church service. (b) A versicle sung in answer to the priest, or as a refrain. Which, if should repeat again, would turn my answers into responsories, and beget another liturgy. Milton.
Defn: An antiphonary; a response book.
pl. -ries (-r. Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913