lec·​tor | \ ˈlek-tər How to pronounce lector (audio) , -ˌtȯr \

Definition of lector

: a person who assists at a worship service chiefly by reading the lection

Examples of lector in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The floor has a space where a lector, in the early 1900s, would read a variety of texts from classic literature to the daily newspaper to keep workers entertained while working. Jennifer Simonson, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Aug. 2021 Subjected to harassment, lesser wages and unwanted advances in a shadowy cigar factory, she becomes enraptured by books read aloud to the workers by a lector who quickly falls in love with her. Washington Post, 30 Mar. 2021 Delgado also is a parishioner, serving as a lector and extraordinary minister of the Holy Eucharist. Mort Mazor, sun-sentinel.com, 24 Dec. 2020 And a priest whom Brignac knew soon extended an invitation to serve as a Mass lector at St. Mary Magdalen. David A. Hammer, NOLA.com, 16 Dec. 2020 To Gesu Catholic Church in northwest Detroit, lector Clida Ellison brought a voice that was gentle yet commanding in its rendition of the Word. Patricia Montemurri, Detroit Free Press, 10 May 2020 There, safely socially distanced, he is joined by a technician, a lector, a pianist and Celine Kennelly, executive director of the Office of Civic Engagement & Immigrant Affairs and beloved in San Francisco’s Irish community for her heavenly voice. Catherine Bigelow, SFChronicle.com, 7 Apr. 2020 Tom was a devout member of St. John Catholic Church in Old Saybrook and ministered there as a lector for many years. courant.com, 18 Oct. 2019 Carol said her husband, who was a lector at St. Jerome for nearly 50 years, trained her to be a forensics and debate judge. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 29 Oct. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of lector

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lector

Middle English, from Late Latin, reader of the lessons in a church service, from Latin, reader, from legere

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“Lector.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lector. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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