precentor NOUN 1) a person who leads a congregation in its singing or (in a synagogue) prayers. 2) a minor canon who administers the musical life of a cathedral.
ORIGIN Latin praecentor, from praecinere 'sing before' .

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  • Precentor — • A word describing sometimes an ecclesiastical dignitary, sometimes an administrative or ceremonial officer Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Precentor     Precentor      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Precentor — Pre*cen tor, n. [L. praecentor, fr. praecinere to sing before; prae before + canere to sing. See {Chant}.] A leader of a choir; a directing singer. Specifically: (a) The leader of the choir in a cathedral; called also the {chanter} or master of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • precentor — from Latin agent noun from praecantare to sing before, from prae before (see PRE (Cf. pre )) + canere to sing (see CHANT (Cf. chant) (v.)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • precentor — [prē sen′tər] n. [LL praecentor < L praecinere, to sing or play before: see PRE & CHANT] a person who directs a church choir or congregation in singing precentorial [prē΄sen tôr′ē əl] adj. precentorship n …   English World dictionary

  • Precentor — A precentor is one who helps facilitate worship. The details vary depending on the religion, denomination, and era in question. Its Latin meaning is the one who sings before (or alternatively, first singer ). Ancient precentorsThe chief precentor …   Wikipedia

  • precentor — noun Etymology: Latin praecentor, from praecinere to lead in singing, from prae + canere to sing more at chant Date: 1613 a leader of the singing of a choir or congregation • precentorial adjective • precentorship noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • precentor — precentorial /pree sen tawr ee euhl, tohr /, adj. precentorship, n. /pri sen teuhr/, n. a person who leads a church choir or congregation in singing. [1605 15; < LL praecentor leader in music, equiv. to L praecen , var. s. of praecinere to lead… …   Universalium

  • precentor — noun the person who directs the music and choral services in a cathedral or in a monastery …   Wiktionary

  • Precentor — The director of singing in a *cathedral who was also responsible for choral services. His other responsibilities included being librarian and archivist. Further duties were maintaining the *mortuary roll and ensuring prayers for the dead were… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • Precentor —    The name given to the choirmaster; one who is director of the music in a choir …   American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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