[kah-pel-mahy-ster, kuh-]

noun, plural Ka·pell·meis·ter.

a choirmaster.
a conductor of an orchestra.
a bandmaster.

Origin of Kapellmeister

From German, dating back to 1830–40; see origin at chapel, master
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Examples from the Web for kapellmeister

Historical Examples of kapellmeister

  • Daniel heard one of them say: “The Kapellmeister should send for the doctor.”

    The Goose Man

    Jacob Wassermann

  • “Oh, yes, he was our guest once; he is the Kapellmeister,” she said.

    The Goose Man

    Jacob Wassermann

  • Handel, who bore the title of Kapellmeister of Hanover, returned to his post in June, 1711.


    Romain Rolland

  • In 1841 Mendelssohn became Kapellmeister of the Prussian court.

    Great Musical Composers

    George T. Ferris

  • In 1881 Goldschmidt got him the post of second Kapellmeister at the Salzburg theatre.

    Musicians of To-Day

    Romain Rolland

British Dictionary definitions for kapellmeister


noun plural -ter

a variant spelling of capellmeister
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Word Origin and History for kapellmeister

"conductor," 1838, German, literally "chapel master," from Kapelle "chapel" (also the name given to a band or orchestra) + Meister "master."

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