- The definition of a homily is a religious sermon or speech that is intended to provide spiritual education, or any moral lessons that are being imparted, especially when being imparted or taught in a tedious way.
- When a minister gives a sermon, this is an example of a homily.
- When someone gives a long and dull lecture about morality, this is an example of a homily.
homily definition by Webster's New World
- a sermon, esp. one centering on Scriptural texts
- a solemn, moralizing talk or writing, esp. if long or dull
Origin: Middle English omelye ; from Old French omelie ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin homilia, sermon ; from Classical Greek converse, instruction (in Ecclesiastical Late Greek sermon) ; from homilos, assembly
homily definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. hom·i·lies
- A sermon, especially one intended to edify a congregation on a practical matter and not intended to be a theological discourse.
- A tedious moralizing lecture or admonition.
- An inspirational saying or platitude.
Origin: Middle English omelie, from Old French, from Late Latin homīlia, from Greek homīliā, discourse, from homīlos, crowd; see sem-1 in Indo-European roots.
- homˈi·list noun