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cantor

[kan-ter, -tawr] /ˈkæn tər, -tɔr/
noun
1.
the religious official of a synagogue who conducts the liturgical portion of a service and sings or chants the prayers and parts of prayers designed to be performed as solos.
2.
an official whose duty is to lead the singing in a cathedral or in a collegiate or parish church; a precentor.
Origin of cantor
1530-1540
1530-40; < Latin: singer, equivalent to can(ere) to sing + -tor -tor
Can be confused
canter, cantor.

Cantor

[kan-ter; for 2 also German kahn-tawr] /ˈkæn tər; for 2 also German ˈkɑn tɔr/
noun
1.
Eddie (Edward Israel Iskovitz) 1892–1964, U.S. singer and entertainer.
2.
Georg
[gey-awrk] /geɪˈɔrk/ (Show IPA),
1845–1918, German mathematician, born in Russia.
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  • None of the tenants appeared before him, nor was there a rough word spoken to him, even by young cantor.

    Cousin Henry Anthony Trollope
  • "Joe, ye shall be made to sit out in the kitchen; ye shall," said cantor the father.

    Cousin Henry Anthony Trollope
  • "You hear what young Mr cantor has said," continued the lawyer.

    Cousin Henry Anthony Trollope
  • "I know'd it," said young cantor, clenching his fist almost in her face.

    Cousin Henry Anthony Trollope
  • When the cantor was present, there was always fun and merriment.

British Dictionary definitions for cantor

cantor

/ˈkæntɔː/
noun
1.
(Judaism) Also called chazan. a man employed to lead synagogue services, esp to traditional modes and melodies
2.
(Christianity) the leader of the singing in a church choir
Word Origin
C16: from Latin: singer, from canere to sing
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Word Origin and History for cantor
n.

1530s, "church song-leader," from Latin cantor "singer, poet, actor," agent noun from past participle stem of canere "to sing" (see chant (v.)). Applied in English to the Hebrew chazan from 1893.

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