- The definition of a lectern is a stand with an area on top to hold books or notes.
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 woman standing at a lectern.
- 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.