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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. (Ecclesiastical Terms) of or relating to a precentor
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) (of part of a choir) on the same side of a cathedral, etc, as the precentor; on the N side of the choir. Compare decanal
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