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precentor

[pri-sen-ter] /prɪˈsɛn tər/
noun
1.
a person who leads a church choir or congregation in singing.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Late Latin praecentor leader in music, equivalent to Latin praecen-, variant stem of praecinere to lead in singing (prae- pre- + -cinere, combining form of canere to sing; see canto) + -tor -tor
Related forms
precentorial
[pree-sen-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /ˌpri sɛnˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
precentorship, noun
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Examples from the web for precentor
  • He was successively precentor, almoner, and at length prior of his monastery.
  • He was afterwards made precentor, and then treasurer of the church.
  • These are the dean, the precentor, the chancellor and the treasurer.
British Dictionary definitions for precentor

precentor

/prɪˈsɛntə/
noun
1.
a cleric who directs the choral services in a cathedral
2.
a person who leads a congregation or choir in the sung parts of church services
Derived Forms
precentorial (ˌpriːsɛnˈtɔːrɪəl) adjective
precentorship, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin praecentor leader of the music, from prae before + canere to sing
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Word Origin and History for precentor
n.

1610s, from Late Latin praecentor "a leader in singing," from Latin praecantare "to sing before," from prae "before" (see pre-) + canere "to sing" (see chant (v.)). For change of vowel, see biennial.

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