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A cleric who directs the choral services of a church or cathedral.
[Latin praecentor, from praecentus, past participle of praecinere, to sing before : prae-, pre- + canere, to sing; see kan- in Indo-European roots.]
pre′cen·to′ri·al (prē′sĕn-tôr′ē-əl) adj.
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1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a cleric who directs the choral services in a cathedral
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a person who leads a congregation or choir in the sung parts of church services
[C17: from Late Latin praecentor leader of the music, from prae before + canere to sing]
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a person who leads a church choir or congregation in singing.
[1605–15; < Late Latin praecentor leader in music, derivative of Latin praecen-, variant s. of praecinere to lead in singing]
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a person who leads a church choir or congregation in singing.See also: Church
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precentor[prɪˈsentəʳ] N → chantre m
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n → Vorsänger(in) m(f), → Präzentor(in) m(f) (spec)
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