chazan (khah-ZAHN) listen
chazan (KHAH-zin) listen


  • n. The official at a synagogue who leads the congregation in prayer and song.

Example Sentences

  • "The hazzan began the prayer and the rest of the congregation joined in."

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • TH חזן khazán > Y חזן kházn

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      hazzan, chazzan, khazan, hazan, hazzen, chazzen


  • More often used by non-Orthodox Jews, as non-Orthodox synagogues are more likely to have a professional cantor.

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