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.
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").