noun \ˈsər-mən\

: a speech about a moral or religious subject that is usually given by a religious leader

: a serious talk about how someone should behave

Full Definition of SERMON

:  a religious discourse delivered in public usually by a clergyman as a part of a worship service
:  a speech on conduct or duty
ser·mon·ic \ˌsər-ˈmä-nik\ adjective

Examples of SERMON

  1. He preached a sermon on the importance of kindness.
  2. Dad gave me a sermon yesterday about doing my homework.

Origin of SERMON

Middle English, from Anglo-French sermun, from Medieval Latin sermon-, sermo, from Latin, speech, conversation, from serere to link together — more at series
First Known Use: 13th century

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