lectern

noun lec·tern \ ˈlek-tərn \
|Updated on: 14 Jul 2018

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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Origin and Etymology of 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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Definition of lectern for English Language Learners

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


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