Definition of decani in English:

decani

noun

  • 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 post-Reformation choir was usually split into two antiphonal groups: cantoris on the precentor's side and decani opposite on the dean's side.’
    • ‘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).’

Origin

Mid 18th century: from Latin, literally of the dean (see dean).

Pronunciation:

decani

/dɪˈkeɪnʌɪ/