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 hearing rooms often have a bailiff, and students sometimes are sworn in at a lectern. Jennifer Smith Richards, ProPublica, 28 Apr. 2022 Stepping away from his lectern in the White House Rose Garden, April 11, President Joe Biden walked to a nearby display and picked up two parts of a handgun. Noah Robertson, The Christian Science Monitor, 20 Apr. 2022 McMorrow, responding to Theis, gave a fierce and eloquent speech in the Senate chamber that made the case for decency and integrity in politics better than anything heard of late from a lectern in the District of Columbia. David Remnick, The New Yorker, 1 May 2022 There had to be a run on throat lozenges with all that bellowing from the lectern. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, 29 Apr. 2022 In the courtroom, Hills walked away from the lectern, in what appeared to be an example of the difficulty of hearing from someone who is walking away. Arpan Lobo, Detroit Free Press, 18 Mar. 2022 The House Republican Conference went even further in criticizing Biden’s appearance, posting a C-SPAN screen grab of Biden walking away from the lectern after delivering his remarks Tuesday. al, 24 Feb. 2022 Nathalia Marie Jackson, a 13-year-old Black girl, spoke tearfully from the lectern of her father’s murder. New York Times, 17 Nov. 2021 Tie between the flowers behind the lectern and Dieter Uchtdorf’s hair. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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15 May 2022

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“Lectern.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lectern. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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