What is another word for precentor?

Pronunciation: [pɹɪsˈɛntɔː] (IPA)

The term "precentor" refers to a person in a religious setting who leads the congregation in singing or chanting. However, there are several synonyms that can be used interchangeably with the term "precentor." For instance, the word "choir-master" can be used to describe a precentor who is in charge of a choir. "Cantor" is another related term that is commonly used in Jewish and Christian liturgy. Other synonyms for precentor include "lead vocalist," "song leader," and "music director." Regardless of the specific term used, a precentor's role is crucial to the success of any religious musical performance or service.

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A hypernym is a word with a broad meaning that encompasses more specific words called hyponyms.

Usage examples for Precentor

"Dante had no more imagination," said Phineas, "than a Free Kirk precentor in Kirkcudbright."
"The Rough Road"
William John Locke
Sam was the tall, imperious precentor of the Mill Row meeting-house.
"My Lady of the Chimney Corner"
Alexander Irvine
When the stalls occupied both sides of the choir, return seats were placed at the ends for the prior, dean, precentor, and other of the officiating clergy.
"Our Homeland Churches and How to Study Them"
Sidney Heath

Famous quotes with Precentor

  • In each of the cathedral churches there was a bishop, or an archbishop of fools, elected; and in the churches immediately dependent upon the papal see a pope of fools. These mock pontiffs had usually a proper suit of ecclesiastics who attended upon them, and assisted at the divine service, most of them attired in ridiculous dresses resembling pantomimical players and buffoons; they were accompanied by large crowds of the laity, some being disguised with masks of a monstrous fashion, and others having their faces smutted; in one instance to frighten the beholders, and in the other to excite their laughter: and some, again, assuming the habits of females, practised all the wanton airs of the loosest and most abandoned of the sex. During the divine service this motley crowd were not contended with singing of indecent songs in the choir, but some of them ate, and drank, and played at dice upon the altar, by the side of the priest who celebrated the mass. After the service they put filth into the censers, and ran about the church, leaping, dancing, laughing, singing, breaking obscene jests, and exposing themselves in the most unseemly attitudes with shameless impudence. Another part of these ridiculous ceremonies was, to shave the precentor of fools upon a stage erected before the church, in the presence of the populace; and during the operation, he amused them with lewd and vulgar discourses, accompanied by actions equally reprehensible. The bishop, or the pope of fools, performed the divine service habited in the pontifical garments, and gave his benediction to the people before they quitted the church. He was afterwards seated in an open carriage, and drawn about to the different parts of the town, attended by a large train of ecclesiastics and laymen promiscuously mingled together; and many of the most profligate of the latter assumed clerical habits in order to give their impious fooleries the greater effect; they had also with them carts filled with ordure, which they threw occasionally upon the populace assembled to see the procession. These spectacles were always exhibited at Christmas-time, or near to it, but not confined to one particular day.
    Joseph Strutt

Related words: orchestra conductor, choral conductor, music conductor, concerto conductor, symphony conductor, provincial conductor

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