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schola cantorum

[skoh-luh kan-tawr-uh m, -tohr-]
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noun, plural scho·lae can·to·rum [skoh-lee kan-tawr-uh m, -tohr-] /ˈskoʊ li kænˈtɔr əm, -ˈtoʊr-/.
  1. an ecclesiastical choir or choir school.
  2. 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 the Medieval Latin word schola cantōrum school of singers
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schola cantorum

noun plural scholae cantorum (ˈskəʊliː)
  1. a choir or choir school maintained by a church
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Word Origin

Medieval Latin: school of singers
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