Definition of hazzan in English:

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Pronunciation: /xəˈzɑːn/

noun (plural hazzanim)

Another term for cantor (sense 1).
Example sentences
  • I really thought nothing of it. [When I was in the army] I spent most weekends at home, and went to services at the local synagogue where I would join the hazzan for lunch and spend the afternoon with his family studying the Bible.
  • At the present time, 20 hazzanim per year are graduated from the major training institutions combined.
  • The second CD contains performances of cantorial music and Yiddish songs by hazzanim who were active in Amsterdam.


Mid 17th century: from Hebrew ḥazzān 'cantor', possibly from Assyrian hazannu 'mayor, headman'.

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