- a person who leads a church choir or congregation in singing.
Origin of precentor
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Examples from the Web for precentor
And I'm no' the precentor; I'm no' the man, ye ken, that lifts the tune.
Since then the precentor's box had preserved its lonely splendour.
The most uncanny thing about the kirk was the precentor's box beneath the pulpit.Auld Licht Idylls
J. M. Barrie
I think it was the music, or the painted windows, or the precentor.The Green Carnation
Robert Smythe Hichens
It occurs in Chapter cxv., Of the precentor and his assistant.The Care of Books
John Willis Clark
- a cleric who directs the choral services in a cathedral
- a person who leads a congregation or choir in the sung parts of church services
C17: from Late Latin praecentor leader of the music, from prae before + canere to sing
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Word Origin and History for precentor
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