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[Sephardic Hebrew khah-zahn; Ashkenazic Hebrew khah-zuh n] /Sephardic Hebrew xɑˈzɑn; Ashkenazic Hebrew ˈxɑ zən/
noun, plural hazanim
[Sephardic Hebrew khah-zah-neem; Ashkenazic Hebrew khah-zaw-nim] /Sephardic Hebrew xɑ zɑˈnim; Ashkenazic Hebrew xɑˈzɔ nɪm/ (Show IPA).
English, hazans. Hebrew.
a cantor of a synagogue.
Also, hazzan, chazan, chazzan. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The hazan opened the Pentateuch and the parnas of the congregation was called to the Torah.

    Rabbi and Priest Milton Goldsmith
  • After prayers the hazan (reader), assisted by the Rabbi, opened the Holy Ark and took therefrom one of the scrolls.

    Rabbi and Priest Milton Goldsmith
  • After the sermon the hazan again intoned the prayers, assisted by the fervent responses of the congregation.

    Rabbi and Priest Milton Goldsmith
  • Through the window he heard the chant of the hazan, and he paused, reflectively.

    Rabbi and Priest Milton Goldsmith
British Dictionary definitions for hazan


/xaˈzan; English ˈhɑːzən/
variant spellings of chazan
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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