[ Sephardic Hebrew khah-zahn; Ashkenazic Hebrew khah-zuh n ]
/ Sephardic Hebrew xɑˈzɑn; Ashkenazic Hebrew ˈxɑ zən /

noun, plural ha·za·nim [Sephardic Hebrew khah-zah-neem; Ashkenazic Hebrew khah-zaw-nim] /Sephardic Hebrew xɑ zɑˈnim; Ashkenazic Hebrew xɑˈzɔ nɪm/, English ha·zans. Hebrew.

a cantor of a synagogue.
Also hazzan, chazan, chazzan.
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Examples from the Web for hazan

  • After prayers the hazan (reader), assisted by the Rabbi, opened the Holy Ark and took therefrom one of the scrolls.

    Rabbi and Priest|Milton Goldsmith
  • Through the window he heard the chant of the hazan, and he paused, reflectively.

    Rabbi and Priest|Milton Goldsmith
  • The hazan opened the Pentateuch and the parnas of the congregation was called to the Torah.

    Rabbi and Priest|Milton Goldsmith
  • After the sermon the hazan again intoned the prayers, assisted by the fervent responses of the congregation.

    Rabbi and Priest|Milton Goldsmith

British Dictionary definitions for hazan



/ Hebrew (xaˈzan, English ˈhɑːzən) /


variant spellings of chazan
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