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1. The Jewish religious official who leads the musical part of a service.
2. The person who leads a church choir or congregation in singing; a precentor.

[Latin, singer, from canere, to sing; see kan- in Indo-European roots.]

can·to′ri·al (kăn-tôr′ē-əl, -tŏr′-) adj.
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1. (Judaism) Judaism Also called: chazan a man employed to lead synagogue services, esp to traditional modes and melodies
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) Christianity the leader of the singing in a church choir
[C16: from Latin: singer, from canere to sing]
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(ˈkæn tər, -tɔr)

1. the religious official of a synagogue who sings or chants the prayers to be performed as solos.
[1530–40; < Latin: singer]
can•to′ri•al (-ˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-) adj.


(ˈkæn tɔr, ˈkɑn-)

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The person who chants prayers during worship in the synagogue.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cantor - the musical director of a choircantor - the musical director of a choir  
musician - artist who composes or conducts music as a profession
2.cantor - 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
spiritual leader - a leader in religious or sacred affairs
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nKantor m
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Established in 1948 as the Reform Movement's institution for the training of cantors and the sustaining of Jewish musical heritage after the Holocaust, the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music is a flourishing center dedicated to educating men and women to serve as cantors who inspire worship, innovate new modes of liturgy, teach, counsel, and sustain Judaism.
TWO young cantors from Merseyside synagogues have won their way through to the finals of a competition to train at a renowned specialist school in Israel.
Mr Chait is one of three brothers who have all become cantors, following on from their father, Henry, who was cantor at the Greenbank Drive synagogue in Liverpool until he retired through ill-health.
Both Claudette Berthiaume-Zavada, in her ethnomusicological analysis of the cantor Iwan Semenovich Kozachok, "Au-dela de la tradition: Role et fonction d'un chantre dans la survie d'une eglise a Montreal", and Joseph Roll, in his autobiographical essay "Becoming a Cantor", write of the extensive training available for cantors in both the Ukrainian Catholic and Ukrainian Orthodox churches.
Within the traditions represented in the collection "Ukrainian Orthodox, Ukrainian Catholic, Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Orthodox, Conservative, and Reformed Judaism", the cantor holds an ambiguous position within his (it is overwhelmingly, although not exhaustively, a male tradition) faith community.
The cantors live in a seven-bedroom house in the leafy Richmond suburb of Wyndham, with their three children.
Not long ago, Eric Cantor wouldn't have been recognized if he strolled outside the U.S.