[ kan-ter, -tawr ]
/ ˈkæn tər, -tɔr /


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

1530–40; < Latin: singer, equivalent to can(ere) to sing + -tor -tor

Can be confused

canter cantor

Definition for cantor (2 of 2)


[ kan-ter; for 2 also German kahn-tawr ]
/ ˈkæn tər; for 2 also German ˈkɑn tɔr /


EddieEdward Israel Iskovitz, 1892–1964, U.S. singer and entertainer.
Ge·org [gey-awrk] /geɪˈɔrk/, 1845–1918, German mathematician, born in Russia. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cantor


/ (ˈkæntɔː) /


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 for cantor

C16: from Latin: singer, from canere to sing
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