A woman standing at a lectern.
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.
- a reading desk in a church, esp. such a desk from which a part of the Scriptures is read in a church service
- a stand for holding the notes, written speech, etc., as of a lecturer
Origin of lecternMiddle English lectorne, altered (infl. by Classical Latin forms) from earlier lettrun from Old French from Medieval Latin lectrum from Classical Latin lectus, past participle of legere, to read: see logic
- A reading desk with a slanted top used to hold a sacred text from which passages are read in a religious service.
- A stand that serves as a support for the notes or books of a speaker.
Origin of lecternMiddle English lettorne, lectorn from Old French lettrun from Medieval Latin lēctrīnum from Late Latin lēctrum from Latin lēctus past participle of legere to read ; see leg- in Indo-European roots.
While podium is a more commonly used synonym, particularly for secular lecturing, some reject this usage and instead insist on lectern - see usage notes at podium.
15th century partial re-Latinization of early 14th century Middle English lettorne, lettron, from Old French leitrun, from Medieval Latin lectrinum, from Late Latin lectrum, from lectus (from whence also lecture), form of Latin legÅ (“I read").