lec·​tern | \ˈlek-tərn \

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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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders' daily briefing, first scheduled for 1:15 p.m., was pushed back to 3:30 p.m., then to 4 p.m., then to 5 p.m., so Nielsen could field questions at the lectern. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump defiant as crisis grows over family separation at the border," 19 June 2018 Roddy said dozens of schools have hauled out gear, many wanting attorney lecterns, court seals and other items to lend a realistic touch to their student moot courts. Pauline Repard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Old downtown courthouse being stripped before demolition," 7 July 2018 In the 20th century, only a handful of presidents, including William McKinley, Herbert Hoover, Harry Truman, Lyndon B. Johnson and Gerald Ford, have failed to seize the Naval Academy’s lectern, The Post has reported. Washington Post Staff, Washington Post, "Trump’s speech to Naval Academy graduates: A presidential tradition with deep roots," 25 May 2018 The front-runner was shuffled off to the side while a right-wing Republican stood behind a lectern in the middle, and the resulting visual felt like the perfect symbol of the June 5 ballot. John Myers, latimes.com, "California's would-be governors play it safe in the last real debate before June's primary," 9 May 2018 In Aspen, the set was spare, just four lecterns on the main stage, flanked by two screens. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "How Do You Measure a Country?," 1 July 2018 Early in her address to graduating Yale students at Sunday's Class Day, Hillary Clinton reached behind the lectern, pulled out a traditional Russian ushanka hat, and held it aloft. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "'No, I'm not over it': Hillary Clinton jabs Trump, shows off Russian hat at Yale Class Day," 20 May 2018 Then King turned and appeared to collapse in a seat behind the lectern. Deneen L. Brown, Washington Post, "‘I Am a Man’: The ugly Memphis sanitation workers’ strike that led to MLK’s assassination," 12 Feb. 2018 Standing in the Rose Garden at the beginning of May, President Trump took the lectern to commemorate the National Day of Prayer. Rachel Siegel, Washington Post, "The gripping sermon that got ‘under God’ added to the Pledge of Allegiance on Flag Day," 14 June 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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