cantor

[ kan-ter, -tawr ]
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noun
  1. 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.

  2. an official whose duty is to lead the singing in a cathedral or in a collegiate or parish church; a precentor.

Origin of cantor

1
1530–40; <Latin: singer, equivalent to can(ere) to sing + -tor-tor

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Cantor
[ kan-ter; for 2 also German kahn-tawr ]

noun
  1. Eddie Edward Israel Iskovitz, 1892–1964, U.S. singer and entertainer.

  2. Ge·org [gey-awrk], /geɪˈɔrk/, 1845–1918, German mathematician, born in Russia.

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cantor

/ (ˈkæntɔː) /


noun
  1. Also called: chazan Judaism a man employed to lead synagogue services, esp to traditional modes and melodies

  2. Christianity the leader of the singing in a church choir

Origin of cantor

1
C16: from Latin: singer, from canere to sing

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