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[kah-pel-mahy-ster, kuh-] /kɑˈpɛlˌmaɪ stər, kə-/
noun, plural Kapellmeister.
a choirmaster.
a conductor of an orchestra.
a bandmaster.
Origin of Kapellmeister
From German, dating back to 1830-40; See origin at chapel, master Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for Kapellmeister
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  • Daniel heard one of them say: “The Kapellmeister should send for the doctor.”

    The Goose Man Jacob Wassermann
  • “Oh, yes, he was our guest once; he is the Kapellmeister,” she said.

    The Goose Man Jacob Wassermann
  • Handel, who bore the title of Kapellmeister of Hanover, returned to his post in June, 1711.

    Handel Romain Rolland
  • In 1841 Mendelssohn became Kapellmeister of the Prussian court.

    Great Musical Composers

    George T. Ferris
  • From 1889 to 1894 he was Kapellmeister at the Hoftheater in Weimar.

    Musicians of To-Day Romain Rolland
  • In 1881 Goldschmidt got him the post of second Kapellmeister at the Salzburg theatre.

    Musicians of To-Day Romain Rolland
  • Wagner did not wish to be Kapellmeister—on the contrary, wished most vigorously not to be Kapellmeister.

    Richard Wagner John F. Runciman
  • His half-fledged wings bear him quickly to the Paternostergssel, of which he becomes the Kapellmeister.

  • About the same period the vacant post of Kapellmeister at the Darmstadt Court was given to him ad interim.

    The Violoncello and Its History

    Wilhelm Joseph von Wasielewski
  • At the same time he seems to have lost his place as Kapellmeister to the King of Spain.

    The Violoncello and Its History

    Wilhelm Joseph von Wasielewski
British Dictionary definitions for Kapellmeister


noun (pl) -ter
a variant spelling of capellmeister
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Word Origin and History for Kapellmeister



"conductor," 1838, German, literally "chapel master," from Kapelle "chapel" (also the name given to a band or orchestra) + Meister "master."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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