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 In January, two weeks after her trip to Torreón, Quintana stepped up to a lectern in a shabby beige government auditorium in downtown Mexico City. Washington Post, "The search for the disappeared points to Mexico’s darkest secrets," 3 Dec. 2020 Biden will stand behind a lectern emblazoned with the presidential seal and point to a surge in vaccine distribution, encouraging signs in the economy and the benefits Americans will receive from the sweeping stimulus package. Jonathan Lemire And Zeke Miller, chicagotribune.com, "Biden to hold first news conference, with COVID-19 relief, immigration, gun violence and more on the agenda," 25 Mar. 2021 Several White House spokespeople have attempted careers in media after leaving their lectern in the briefing room behind. Benjamin Mullin, WSJ, "Kayleigh McEnany Joins Fox News as Commentator," 2 Mar. 2021 After Adam Johnson was photographed carrying a lectern through the U.S. Capitol, an acquaintance from his hometown reported him to the FBI. Cassidy Mcdonald, CBS News, "Dozens of Capitol rioters were turned in by childhood friends, family members, colleagues and ex-lovers who watched them storm the building," 9 Mar. 2021 Around noon, Trump stepped to the lectern in the White House briefing room. David Lauter, Los Angeles Times, "What could Trump have done to produce a different election outcome?," 15 Dec. 2020 The charges followed those of three men on Saturday, including a man seen wearing Viking garb and one photographed carrying the Speaker's lectern in the Capitol while mugging for the camera. Sebastian Tong And Luke Mcgrath, Star Tribune, "Man seen in Senate carrying zip-ties among those charged in riot," 10 Jan. 2021 The tweet appeared to be a comment on the arrest of a man who was photographed smiling and carrying a lectern as the mob took over the Capitol. Arkansas Online, "Alabama congressman deletes Twitter account after suspension," 11 Jan. 2021 Florida sheriff's deputies have arrested the man photographed carrying House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's lectern through the U.S. Capitol during Wednesday's riot. Audrey Conklin, Fox News, "Photos of US Capitol rioter carrying Pelosi's lectern lead to arrest," 10 Jan. 2021

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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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9 Apr 2021

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“Lectern.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lectern. Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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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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