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 choir.

Hook. (b)

The leader of the congregational singing in Scottish and other churches.

 

© Webster 1913.

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