Etymology
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cantor (n.)

1530s, "church song-leader," from Latin cantor "singer, poet, actor," agent noun from past participle stem of canere "to sing" (from PIE root *kan- "to sing"). Applied in English to the Hebrew chazzan from 1893. Related: Cantorial.

updated on October 09, 2017

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Definitions of cantor from WordNet

cantor (n.)
the musical director of a choir;
Synonyms: choirmaster / precentor
cantor (n.)
the official of a synagogue who conducts the liturgical part of the service and sings or chants the prayers intended to be performed as solos;
Synonyms: hazan
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