Etymology
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precentor (n.)

"a leader or director of a church choir or congregation in singing," 1610s, from Late Latin praecentor "a leader in singing," from Latin praecantare "to sing before," from prae "before" (see pre-) + canere "to sing" (from PIE root *kan- "to sing"). For change of vowel, see biennial.

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Definitions of precentor

precentor (n.)
the musical director of a choir;
Synonyms: choirmaster / cantor
From wordnet.princeton.edu