schola cantorum

[ skoh-luh kan-tawr-uhm, -tohr- ]
/ ˈskoʊ lə kænˈtɔr əm, -ˈtoʊr- /

noun, plural scho·lae can·to·rum [skoh-lee kan-tawr-uhm, -tohr-]. /ˈskoʊ li kænˈtɔr əm, -ˈtoʊr-/.

an ecclesiastical choir or choir school.
a section of a church, cathedral, or the like, for use by the choir.

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Origin of schola cantorum

First recorded in 1775–85, schola cantorum is from Medieval Latin schola cantōrum “school of singers”
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British Dictionary definitions for schola cantorum

schola cantorum
/ (ˈskəʊlə kænˈtɔːrəm) /

noun plural scholae cantorum (ˈskəʊliː)

a choir or choir school maintained by a church

Word Origin for schola cantorum

Medieval Latin: school of singers
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