cantor

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈkæntɔː/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈkæntɚ/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(kantər, -tôr)


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
can•tor /ˈkæntɚ/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Judaismthe religious official of a synagogue who sings or chants the prayers.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
can•tor  (kantər, -tôr),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Judaismthe religious official of a synagogue who conducts the liturgical portion of a service and sings or chants the prayers and parts of prayers designed to be performed as solos.
  2. Religionan official whose duty is to lead the singing in a cathedral or in a collegiate or parish church;
    a precentor.
  • Latin: singer, equivalent. to can(ere) to sing + -tor -tor
  • 1530–40

Can•tor  (kantər; Ger. känr),USA pronunciation n. 
    Ge•org  (kantər; Ger. känr),USA pronunciation 1845–1918, German mathematician, born in Russia.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
cantor /ˈkæntɔː/ n

  1. Also called: chazan a man employed to lead synagogue services, esp to traditional modes and melodies
  2. the leader of the singing in a church choir
Etymology: 16th Century: from Latin: singer, from canere to sing
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