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[suh k-sen-ter]
noun Ecclesiastical.
  1. a precentor's deputy.
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Origin of succentor

1600–10; < Late Latin, equivalent to Latin suc- suc- + -cen-, combining form of canere to sing + -tor -tor
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Examples from the Web for succentor

Historical Examples

  • The succentor, or sub-cantor, was the cantors assistant in everything.

    English Monastic Life

    Abbot Gasquet

  • He was assisted by a Succentor, who sat on the left side of the choir, and led that half of the choir in service.

  • The Precentor, with the assistance of his deputy, the Succentor, directed the music of the cathedral.

    Medival London

    William Benham

  • The care of the presses is to be entrusted to the Precentor and his subordinate, called the Succentor.

    The Care of Books

    John Willis Clark

  • Succentor, suk-sen′tor, n. a subcantor: the bass soloist in a choir.

British Dictionary definitions for succentor


  1. the deputy of the precentor of a cathedral that has retained its statutes from pre-Reformation days
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Derived Formssuccentorship, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Late Latin: one who accompanies singing, from succinere to accompany, from Latin canere to sing
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