lec·​tern | \ ˈlek-tərn How to pronounce lectern (audio) \

Definition of lectern

: a stand used to support a book or script in a convenient position for a standing reader or speaker especially : one from which scripture lessons are read in a church service

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A week before the vote Mr. Poroshenko debated an empty lectern in Kiev’s Olympic... The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Ukraine’s Presidential Gamble," 21 Apr. 2019 Scene One: Trump is standing at a lectern, declaring victory in the midterm elections. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "Trump the Opera—II," 26 Dec. 2018 The last of the seven members of the class of 2018 on hand to be enshrined, Lewis eschewed notes and the lectern, instead strolling along the stage and passionately urging his listeners to come together. Barry Wilner, Fox News, "Ray Lewis urges togetherness, love in Hall of Fame speech," 5 Aug. 2018 The George Halas Trophy sparkled on a table near the lectern, which also was adorned with Eagles and Vikings helmets. Les Bowen, Philly.com, "After a long absence, the NFL playoff spotlight returns, and Eagles' Brandon Graham savors it," 17 Jan. 2018 When the chief justice called for the formal motion to install Justice Kavanaugh, acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, starting his first full day on the job, took the lectern to recite the lines. Brent Kendall, WSJ, "Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Is Hospitalized After Fall," 8 Nov. 2018 Justice antitrust chief Makan Delrahim attended Thursday’s hearing, sometimes passing notes to Mr. Murray at the lectern. Drew Fitzgerald, WSJ, "Government Faces Skeptical Judges in AT&T Appeal," 6 Dec. 2018 Mark Schweiker, alongside Philadelphia Mayor John F. Street, said at a Convention Center lectern. Philly.com, "For Philly's new school board: Lessons from the SRC's 17 years," 1 July 2018 The Microsoft founder took with him to the lectern a sealed jar containing human feces, according to BBC News. Ryan D'agostino, Popular Mechanics, "How Does Bill Gates's Ingenious, Waterless, Life-Saving Toilet Work?," 6 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of lectern

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lectern

Middle English lettorne, from Anglo-French leitrun, from Medieval Latin lectrinum, from Late Latin lectrum, from Latin legere to read — more at legend

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English Language Learners Definition of lectern

: a stand that holds a book, notes, etc., for someone who is reading, speaking, or teaching

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