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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Mus.) 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 Latin manus (hand) + ductor (leader) (Wiktionary)
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