noun \ˈ-fə(r)-ˌtr-ē, ˈä-\

: the offering of bread and wine to God as part of the Communion ceremony during a Christian church service

: a verse from a psalm that is said or sung at the beginning of the Offertory

: the part of a Christian church service during which offerings of money are collected

plural of·fer·to·ries

Full Definition of OFFERTORY

often capitalized
a :  the eucharistic offering of bread and wine to God before they are consecrated
b :  a verse from a Psalm said or sung at the beginning of the offertory
a :  the period of collection and presentation of the offerings of the congregation at public worship
b :  a musical composition played or sung during an offertory


Middle English offertorie, from Medieval Latin offertorium, from Late Latin offerre
First Known Use: 14th century


Next Word in the Dictionary: offerture
Previous Word in the Dictionary: offering price
All Words Near: offertory

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up offertory? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More