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decani Line breaks: de¦cani
Pronunciation: /dɪˈkeɪnʌɪ/

Definition of decani in English:


The section of a church or cathedral choir conventionally placed on the south side and taking the first or higher part in antiphonal singing. The opposite of cantoris.
Example sentences
  • The cathedral precentor sits opposite the dean - whence the name for the two sides of the choir: decani and cantoris (‘of the singer’, i.e. the precentor).
  • The post-Reformation choir was usually split into two antiphonal groups: cantoris on the precentor's side and decani opposite on the dean's side.


Mid 18th century: from Latin, literally 'of the dean' (see dean1).

Words that rhyme with decani

Iceni • Gemini • Anno Domini • termini • acini
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