AskDefine | Define cantor

Dictionary Definition



1 the musical director of a choir [syn: choirmaster, precentor]
2 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 [syn: hazan]

User Contributed Dictionary



From cantor, singer, agent noun from perfect passive participle cantus, from verb canere, sing, + agent suffix ''-or


  1. singer, especially someone who takes a special role of singing or song leading at a ceremony


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  1. singer




Extensive Definition

Cantor may refer to:
  • The Latin word for singer, e.g. the main singer of a cantus
  • Hazzan, in Judaism, the English name for a professional singer who leads prayer services (Kantor is a frequently noted jewish patronym)
  • Cantor (church), an ecclesiastical officer leading liturgical music in several branches of the Christian Church
  • Cantor (crater), a lunar crater
In mathematics Cantor may refer to:
Cantor as a surname may refer to:
Cantor is a shortened form of these names and terms:
cantor in German: Kantor (Begriffsklärung)
cantor in French: Cantor
cantor in Hebrew: קנטור
cantor in Japanese: カントル
cantor in Dutch: Cantor
cantor in Norwegian: Kantor
cantor in Portuguese: Cantor (desambiguação)
cantor in Swedish: Kantor

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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