schola cantorum

[ skoh-luhkan-tawr-uhm, -tohr- ]

noun,plural scho·lae can·to·rum [skoh-lee kan-tawr-uhm, -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.

Origin of schola cantorum

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

Words Nearby schola cantorum Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use schola cantorum in a sentence

  • It is used as a great music school: Maison de la schola cantorum.

    Historic Paris | Jetta S. Wolff
  • There was talk about his demobilization, and his music, and the schola cantorum.

    Three Soldiers | John Dos Passos
  • It is natural to think of his schola cantorum in this connection.

British Dictionary definitions for schola cantorum

schola cantorum

/ (ˈskəʊlə kænˈtɔːrəm) /

nounplural scholae cantorum (ˈskəʊliː)
  1. a choir or choir school maintained by a church

Origin of schola cantorum

Medieval Latin: school of singers

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