- 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.
- an official whose duty is to lead the singing in a cathedral or in a collegiate or parish church; a precentor.
Origin of cantor
- EddieEdward Israel Iskovitz, 1892–1964, U.S. singer and entertainer.
- Ge·org [gey-awrk] /geɪˈɔrk/, 1845–1918, German mathematician, born in Russia.
Examples from the Web for cantor
“Singing for me, is a prayer,” Nozomi Kawaguchi, the Tokyo-born cantor of Mother Cabrini Shrine, said.Mother Cabrini, Saint of the Green Card
November 11, 2014
Cantor and his team, assuming a relatively easy victory was imminent, were blindsided last Tuesday in a double-digit loss.The Cantor Prediction Is Part of a Pattern: GOP Pollsters Stink
Kristen Soltis Anderson
June 17, 2014
Tellingly, Cantor and Griffin received more financial support from outside their home states than within.Obama Is the New Dubya
June 17, 2014
Before he heads for the exits, Cantor can do something good for the country and broker a deal updating the Voting Rights Act.Eric Cantor’s Last, Legacy-Burnishing Task: Update the VRA
June 16, 2014
Cantor raised more than $5 million in a primary he was supposed to win easily.Did Cooter From ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ Beat Eric Cantor?
June 12, 2014
"You hear what young Mr Cantor has said," continued the lawyer.
"Joe, ye shall be made to sit out in the kitchen; ye shall," said Cantor the father.
"I know'd it," said young Cantor, clenching his fist almost in her face.
"I'll swear that's one of my pupils, he is so pugnacious," thought the cantor to himself.The Day of Wrath
We went up the river as far as Cantor (some five hundred miles).A Book of Discovery
Margaret Bertha (M. B.) Synge
- Also called: chazan Judaism a man employed to lead synagogue services, esp to traditional modes and melodies
- Christianity the leader of the singing in a church choir
Word Origin and History for cantor
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.