Meaning of decani in English:


Pronunciation /dɪˈkeɪnʌɪ/


  • 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

    ‘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 dean).