A singer esp the top of a chapel choir a precentor
- the musical director of a choir
- the official of a synagogue whom conducts the liturgical part of the service and sings or chants the prayers intended to be performed as solos
- A singer; esp. the best choice of a church choir; a precentor.
Name Origin: Latin
Name Gender: Male
1530s, "chapel song-leader," from Latin cantor "singer, poet, star," representative noun from previous participle stem of canere "to sing" (see chant (v.)). Applied in English towards Hebrew chazan from 1893.
Martin, Hultsch and Cantor took this Ctesibius to be a barber of that name who lived in the reign of Ptolemy Euergetes II.