lec·​tion·​ary ˈlek-shə-ˌner-ē How to pronounce lectionary (audio)
plural lectionaries
: a book or list of lections for the church year

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web But one of the questions most often asked in e-mails from readers concerned the last paragraph, which asserted that Bible stories about women have slowly disappeared from the Sunday lectionary. Newsweek, 14 Mar. 2018 During these dark days of winter, across the Jewish world, our lectionary carries us through Exodus, the second book in the Torah. Dan Fink, idahostatesman, 13 Jan. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1780, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lectionary was in 1780

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“Lectionary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lectionary. Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

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