The definition of a lectern is a stand with an area on top to hold books or notes.(noun)
An example of a lectern is a tall podium with a slanted top for books and notes that is located in front of the class and that the professor stands in front of when teaching classes.
See lectern in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME lectorne, altered (infl. by L forms) < earlier lettrun < OFr < ML lectrum < L lectus, pp. of legere, to read: see logic
See lectern in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English lettorne, lectorn
Origin: , from Old French lettrun
Origin: , from Medieval Latin lēctrīnum
Origin: , from Late Latin lēctrum
Origin: , from Latin lēctus
Origin: , past participle of legere, to read; see leg- in Indo-European roots.
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