variants or anagnostes
plural anagnosts
or anagnostae
: a cleric in the first of the minor orders of the Eastern Church who reads lessons aloud from the Epistles or the Old Testament in the liturgy

Word History


Late Greek anagnōstēs, from Greek, reader, slave trained to read, secretary, from anagignōskein to read, from ana- + gignōskein to know

First Known Use

1601, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anagnost was in 1601

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“Anagnost.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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