Lectern meaning

lĕktərn
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.

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A reading desk with a slanted top used to hold a sacred text from which passages are read in a religious service.
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A stand that serves as a support for the notes or books of a speaker.
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A reading desk in a church, esp. such a desk from which a part of the Scriptures is read in a church service.
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A stand for holding the notes, written speech, etc., as of a lecturer.
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A stand with a slanted top used to support a bible from which passages are read during a church service.
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A similar stand to support a lecturer's notes.
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Origin of lectern

  • Middle English lettorne, lectorn from Old French lettrun from Medieval Latin lēctrīnum from Late Latin lēctrum from Latin lēctus past participle of legere to read leg- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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 legō (“I read").

    From Wiktionary