noun \ˈkan-tər\

: a person who sings and leads people in prayer in a Jewish religious service

: a person who leads a group of singers in a church

Full Definition of CANTOR

:  a choir leader :  precentor
:  a synagogue official who sings or chants liturgical music and leads the congregation in prayer
can·to·ri·al \kan-ˈtr-ē-əl\ adjective

Origin of CANTOR

Latin, singer, from canere to sing
First Known Use: 1538


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In Judaism and Christianity, an official in charge of music or chants. In Judaism the hazzan (cantor) leads liturgical prayer and chanting. In medieval Christianity the cantor had charge of a cathedral's music—specifically, of supervising the choir's singing. The term also designated the head of a college of church music.


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