schola cantorum

noun
scho·la can·to·rum | \ˌskō-lə-kan-ˈtȯr-əm \
plural scholae cantorum\ˌskō-ˌlē-kan-ˈtȯr-əm, -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

1782, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for schola cantorum

Medieval Latin, school of singers

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