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

Examples of lectern in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The commissioner of baseball stood at a lectern at the Omni Resort Montelucia to address the media with what was supposed to be kind of a state of the game town hall. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "Rob Manfred’s latest defense of Astros’ punishments only adds to absurd mess MLB has created," 19 Feb. 2020 Attorney Brad Monk began the final day by stepping to the lectern temporarily moved to the center of the courtroom for final arguments. Robert Wilonsky, Dallas News, "Dallas on the hook for at least $23 million after jury sides with gas-drillers who never got city’s OK to frack," 7 Feb. 2020 Stepping down from the lectern, Mr. Bloomberg struck up a conversation with two women before either had a chance to request a picture. Matt Flegenheimer, New York Times, "Around the Country in 17 Hours With Michael Bloomberg," 9 Jan. 2020 Some stared motionless at the lectern, listening intently as arguments were made; some did the same while standing. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "2020 Democrats marooned in DC for impeachment deny longing for Iowa," 23 Jan. 2020 Epley struggled at the lectern, reading too much from notes and occasionally wandering off on tangents. oregonlive, "Epley maneuver for vertigo was invented by Oregon doctor," 15 Oct. 2019 Here is Biden, the loyal veep to the most popular figure in the Democratic Party, unable to fill a room without the artful arrangement of chairs and lectern. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Joe Biden wants to be a normal president in a highly abnormal age.," 6 Jan. 2020 After the crowd at the Uniontown Municipal Building fixed their plates of food and returned to their folding chairs, Dozier-Smith strode to the lectern. Anna Claire Vollers | Avollers@al.com, al, "Rural healthcare isn’t easy. Here’s how one Alabama woman bridges gaps in the Black Belt," 29 Dec. 2019 More:'No choice but to act': House Speaker Pelosi asks chairmen to pursue articles of impeachment against President Trump During her exchange with Rosen, Pelosi walked back to the lectern to speak into the microphone. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, "'Don't mess with me': Nancy Pelosi gives sharp response when asked if she hates Trump, calls president a 'coward'," 5 Dec. 2019

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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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The first known use of lectern was in the 14th century

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24 Feb 2020

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“Lectern.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lectern. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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