cantor

noun
can·​tor | \ ˈkan-tər How to pronounce cantor (audio) \

Definition of cantor

1 : a choir leader : precentor
2 : a synagogue official who sings or chants liturgical music and leads the congregation in prayer

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Other Words from cantor

cantorial \ kan-​ˈtȯr-​ē-​əl How to pronounce cantorial (audio) \ adjective

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The cantor is, after the rabbi, the most important figure in a Jewish worship service. A cantor not only must possess an excellent singing voice but also must know by heart long passages of Hebrew. Cantors such as Jan Peerce and Richard Tucker became international opera stars. The comedian and singer Edward Israel Iskowitz renamed himself Eddie Cantor for his original profession and became enormously popular on stage, screen, radio, and television for over 40 years.

Examples of cantor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The rabbi, heavily quarantined with his heart condition and his asthma, had Zoomed with Marty, the assistant rabbi, and the cantor to discuss how best to manage funerals and support the grieving in the absence of any ability to gather. Nicole Krauss, Harper's Magazine, "Drawing From Life," 24 Nov. 2020 Robyn shares a remarkable and uplifting story about being the cantor for the United Jewish Congregation of Hong Kong. courant.com, "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 8 Oct. 2020 Robyn shares a remarkable and uplifting story about being the cantor for the United Jewish Congregation of Hong Kong. courant.com, "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 8 Oct. 2020 Robyn shares a remarkable and uplifting story about being the cantor for the United Jewish Congregation of Hong Kong. courant.com, "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 8 Oct. 2020 Robyn shares a remarkable and uplifting story about being the cantor for the United Jewish Congregation of Hong Kong. courant.com, "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 2 Oct. 2020 The Congregation Beth Ami, a conservative synagogue in Santa Rosa, hosted services on Zoom as the cantor and the rabbi evacuated from the county, Blustein said. Vanessa Arredondo, SFChronicle.com, "North Bay fires disrupt Yom Kippur," 29 Sep. 2020 So the family is planning a small service, for which a relative who is a professional cantor is recording some of Geoffrey’s favorite hymns. Hannah Leone, chicagotribune.com, "COVID-19 closed Illinois schools the same week it infected a CPS speech pathologist and her parents. Six months later, she’s planning her father’s funeral.," 28 Sep. 2020 Brook, the Park Avenue cantor, had planned this spring to launch a new choral group, the Shul Sisters, with colleagues in Los Angeles and suburban Chicago. Philissa Cramer, sun-sentinel.com, "How Jews adapt to the sudden disappearance of communal singing," 16 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of cantor

1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cantor

Latin, singer, from canere to sing

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4 Dec 2020

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“Cantor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cantor. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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More Definitions for cantor

cantor

noun
How to pronounce cantor (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of cantor

: 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

cantor

noun
can·​tor | \ ˈkan-tər How to pronounce cantor (audio) \

Kids Definition of cantor

: a synagogue official who sings religious music and leads the congregation in prayer

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