precentor

[ pri-sen-ter ]
/ prɪˈsɛn tər /

noun

a person who leads a church choir or congregation in singing.

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Origin of precentor

1605–15; <Late Latin praecentor leader in music, equivalent to Latin praecen-, variant stem of praecinere to lead in singing (prae-pre- + -cinere, combining form of canere to sing; see canto) + -tor-tor

OTHER WORDS FROM precentor

pre·cen·to·ri·al [pree-sen-tawr-ee-uhl, -tohr-], /ˌpri sɛnˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/, adjectivepre·cen·tor·ship, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for precentor

precentor
/ (prɪˈsɛntə) /

noun

a cleric who directs the choral services in a cathedral
a person who leads a congregation or choir in the sung parts of church services

Derived forms of precentor

precentorial (ˌpriːsɛnˈtɔːrɪəl), adjectiveprecentorship, noun

Word Origin for precentor

C17: from Late Latin praecentor leader of the music, from prae before + canere to sing
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