Definition of sermon
1 : a religious discourse delivered in public usually by a member of the clergy as a part of a worship service
2 : a speech on conduct or duty
sermonicplay \ˌsər-ˈmä-nik\ adjective
Examples of sermon in a sentence
He preached a sermon on the importance of kindness.
Dad gave me a sermon yesterday about doing my homework.
Origin and Etymology of sermon
Middle English, from Anglo-French sermun, from Medieval Latin sermon-, sermo, from Latin, speech, conversation, from serere to link together — more at series
First Known Use: 13th century
SERMON Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sermon for English Language Learners
: a speech about a moral or religious subject that is usually given by a religious leader
: a serious talk about how someone should behave
SERMON Defined for Kids
Definition of sermon for Students
1 : a speech usually by a priest, minister, or rabbi for the purpose of giving religious instruction
2 : a serious talk to a person about his or her conduct
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