ser·​mon | \ ˈsər-mən How to pronounce sermon (audio) \

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

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sermonic \ ˌsər-​ˈmä-​nik How to pronounce sermon (audio) \ adjective

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Still in lockdown, the women watched her sermon last June over closed-circuit television. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, 7 Oct. 2021 His sermon called to mind the Cathedral Church of Saint Michael in England, which was mostly destroyed by bombs during World War II. Bill Jones,, 26 Sep. 2021 Following prayers at Islah LA on a recent Friday afternoon, congregants embrace Saafir or shake his hand in gratitude for his sermon. Los Angeles Times, 17 Sep. 2021 Instead, Lipskar planned to use his Rosh Hashanah sermon to share a message advanced by Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the leader of the Chabad movement who died in 1994. Shira Hanau,, 14 Sep. 2021 The rabbi followed with his sermon, taking his text from Deut. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Sep. 2021 Barnes also posted his own sermon to Empowerment’s website Sunday. Christine Condon,, 8 Aug. 2021 His sermon was delivered in 2020 and did not credit Mr. Greear. New York Times, 6 July 2021 Dad studied the situation, then led off his sermon by comparing the delivery of the Lord’s word to farming. J.d. Crowe |, al, 20 June 2021

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First Known Use of sermon

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sermon

Middle English, from Anglo-French sermun, from Medieval Latin sermon-, sermo, from Latin, speech, conversation, from serere to link together — more at series

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The first known use of sermon was in the 13th century

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15 Oct 2021

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“Sermon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sermon

: a speech about a moral or religious subject that is usually given by a religious leader
: a serious talk about how someone should behave


ser·​mon | \ ˈsər-mən How to pronounce sermon (audio) \

Kids Definition of sermon

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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