schola cantorum

noun
scho·​la can·​to·​rum | \ ˌskō-lə-kan-ˈtȯr-əm How to pronounce schola cantorum (audio) \
plural scholae cantorum\ ˌskō-​ˌlē-​kan-​ˈtȯr-​əm How to pronounce schola cantorum (audio) , -​ˌlā-​ , -​ˌlī-​ \

Definition of schola cantorum

1 : a singing school especially for church choristers specifically : the choir or choir school of a monastery or of a cathedral
2 : an enclosure designed for a choir and located in the center of the nave in early church buildings

First Known Use of schola cantorum

1728, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for schola cantorum

Medieval Latin, school of singers

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“Schola cantorum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/schola%20cantorum. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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