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- n. The chief novice in an order.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A conductor; an officer in the ancient church who gave the signal for the choir to sing, and who beat time with the hand, and regulated the music.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who leads by the hand; a leader; a guide; specifically, in medieval music, one who indicated the rhythm to a choir by beating time with his hand or by striking pieces of wood or shell together; a conductor.
From Latin manus (hand) + ductor (leader) (Wiktionary)