cantor

noun
can·​tor | \ ˈkan-tər How to pronounce cantor (audio) \

Definition of cantor

1 : a choir leader : precentor
2 : a synagogue official who sings or chants liturgical music and leads the congregation in prayer

Other Words from cantor

cantorial \ kan-​ˈtȯr-​ē-​əl How to pronounce cantor (audio) \ 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.

Examples of cantor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As both a cantor and a musician, Ira described how Jewish culture has played a significant role in his life. Linda Chase, Sun Sentinel, 30 Sep. 2022 Kieffer also served as a cantor for over three decades. Sun Sentinel, 19 Sep. 2022 Prior to returning to Pittsburgh, Berman was the cantor for more than a decade at The Conservative Synagogue of Westport, Conn., a 435-member-unit congregation. cleveland, 19 Aug. 2022 Two Marines placed a wreath on the stone crypt containing the ashes of Holocaust victims and Biden listened as a cantor recited the remembrance prayer. Arkansas Online, 14 July 2022 Roytman, of Wilmette, cantor at Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah of Wilmette, was supposed to be honored two years ago with a celebration honoring his 10th anniversary of BHBE service but the COVID-19 pandemic postponed the event. Karie Angell Luc, Chicago Tribune, 22 Aug. 2022 Two Marines placed a wreath on the stone crypt containing the ashes of Holocaust victims and Biden listened as a cantor recited the remembrance prayer. Arkansas Online, 14 July 2022 Rabbi Hazzan Jeffrey Myers has served as the rabbi and cantor for the Tree of Life in Pittsburgh since the summer of 2017. Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, CNN, 25 Aug. 2022 Two Marines placed a wreath on the stone crypt containing the ashes of Holocaust victims and Biden listened as a cantor recited the remembrance prayer. Arkansas Online, 14 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of cantor

1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cantor

Latin, singer, from canere to sing

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6 Oct 2022

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“Cantor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cantor. Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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cantor

noun
can·​tor | \ ˈkan-tər How to pronounce cantor (audio) \

Kids Definition of cantor

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

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