schola cantorum


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

Word History


Medieval Latin, school of singers

First Known Use

1728, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of schola cantorum was in 1728

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“Schola cantorum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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