What does Cantor mean?

Definitions for Cantor
ˈkæn tər, -tɔrcan·tor

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. choirmaster, precentor, cantornoun

    the musical director of a choir

  2. cantor, hazannoun

    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


  1. cantornoun

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

    The cantor's place in church is on the right of the choir

  2. Etymology: From cantor, agent noun from perfect passive participle cantus, from verb canere, + agent suffix -or.


  1. Cantor

    A cantor or chanter is a person who leads people in singing or sometimes in prayer. In formal Jewish worship, a cantor is a person who sings solo verses or passages to which the choir or congregation responds. In Judaism, a cantor sings and leads congregants in prayer in Jewish religious services; sometimes called a hazzan. A cantor in Reform and Conservative Judaism, just like in Orthodox Judaism, goes through years of extensive religious education, similar to that of a Rabbi, in order to become an officially recognized cantor. They often come from a long line of cantors in their family; born with a natural gift of singing with incredible vocal range. The term itself was shaped by the Latin term for "singer," but is not an inherently Latin word. It is frequently used to translate a range of equivalent terms in other languages, such as for the leader of singing on a traditional Kerala snake boat, a Chundan Vallam. A similar term is precentor, defined as a leader of the singing of a choir or congregation.


  1. cantor

    A cantor is a person who leads worship services in singing or liturgical recital, primarily in Jewish and Christian religious traditions. The term specifically refers to the chief singer and often leader of the choir in a synagogue or church. In Judaism, the cantor is also known as a hazzan, while in Catholicism it may be a specific role within the choir.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cantornoun

    a singer; esp. the leader of a church choir; a precentor

  2. Etymology: [L., a singer, fr. caner to sing.]


  1. Cantor

    The Cantor, sometimes Precentor, or the Protopsaltes is the chief singer, and usually instructor, employed in a cathedral or monastery with responsibilities for the ecclesiastical choir and the preparation of the divine services in the context of a secular or monastic liturgy. The cantor's duties and qualifications have varied considerably according to time, place, and rite, and often its prestige was so high that it came close to the highest offices in the ecclesiatical hierarchy, for instance monastic cantors promoted to the office of an abbot or abbess. Sometimes the office was connected with administrative, militaric, and governmental duties, even with those of a school teacher, as in case of the Thomaskantor in charge of the Thomasschule zu Leipzig. But generally a cantor must be competent to chose and to conduct the vocals for the choir, to start any chant on demand, and to be able to identify and correct the missteps of singers placed under him. He may be held accountable for the immediate rendering of the music, showing the course of the melody by movements of the hand, similar to a conductor.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Cantor is ranked #7500 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Cantor surname appeared 4,441 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Cantor.

    69.5% or 3,090 total occurrences were White.
    24.9% or 1,107 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    3.7% or 165 total occurrences were Asian.
    1.2% or 55 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.4% or 18 total occurrences were Black.
    0.1% or 6 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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Anagrams for Cantor »

  1. carton

  2. contra

  3. Contra

  4. craton

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Cantor in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Cantor in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Cantor in a Sentence

  1. Andres Canto:

    She [Cantor’s mother] came down and told me that it was smaller than it seemed in videos.

  2. Joshua Henne:

    This is yet another canary in the coal mine for both November and the years ahead, you can look back four years to around now when Eric Cantor was knocked off and what that meant for an ascendant wing on the right. This is a big deal.

  3. Cantor Benny Rogosnitzky:

    Technology has been amazing, it really is a lifeline. Congregants use online platforms to link not only to morning services but to a supportive community that has grown more spiritual during the crisis, Cantor Benny Rogosnitzky said. After the lockdown, Cantor Benny Rogosnitzky said Cantor Benny Rogosnitzky envisions smaller, shorter gatherings, with barriers in the sanctuary and temperature-takers greeting worshipers.

  4. The Washingtonian:

    But Cantor, who was defeated in his 2014 primary by unknown economics professor Dave Brat, seemed to admit theGOPbattle-cry was just a charade. … ‘We sort of all got what was going on, that there was this disconnect in terms of communication, because no one wanted to take the time out in the general public to even think about ‘Wait a minute — that can’t happen,’ if you’ve got that anger working for you, you’re gonna let it be.

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