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 scholae 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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about schola cantorum

Dictionary Entries near schola cantorum

Schoinobates

schokker

schola

schola cantorum

scholar

scholarch

scholardom

Statistics for schola cantorum

Last Updated

17 Sep 2019

Time Traveler for schola cantorum

The first known use of schola cantorum was in 1728

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on schola cantorum

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with schola cantorum

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about schola cantorum

Comments on schola cantorum

What made you want to look up schola cantorum? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to spread as a report or rumor

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Confusing Words—A Quiz

  • alice with tweedle dee and tweedle dum
  • I invented a brand new toaster robot and ______ it "Sir Toasts-a-Lot."
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!