cantor

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noun can·tor \ˈkan-tər\

Definition of cantor

  1. 1 :  a choir leader :  precentor

  2. 2 :  a synagogue official who sings or chants liturgical music and leads the congregation in prayer

cantorial

play \kan-ˈtȯr-ē-əl\ 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.

Origin and Etymology of cantor

Latin, singer, from canere to sing


CANTOR Defined for English Language Learners

cantor

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Definition of cantor for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

cantor

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noun can·tor \ˈkan-tər\

Definition of cantor for Students

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



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