Definition of call and response in English:

call and response

(also call and 'sponse)

noun

  • 1Music The performance of musical phrases in alternation by different individuals or groups (especially vocalists), in such a way that the second phrase seems to answer the first; a form of music employing such alternating phrases.

  • 2A form of verbal interaction between a speaker and listeners, usually at religious or public gatherings, in which each utterance by the speaker elicits a response from the audience.

adjective

  • 1Music. Designating musical phrases performed in alternation by different individuals or groups (especially vocalists), in such a way that the second phrase seems to answer the first; of, relating to, or employing such phrases.

  • 2Of, relating to, or characterized by verbal interaction between a speaker and listeners, usually at religious or public gatherings, in which each utterance by the speaker elicits a response from the audience.

Origin

1920s. From call + and + response.

Pronunciation

call and response

/kɔːl (ə)n(d) rɪˈspɒns/