- a reading desk in a church on which the Bible rests and from which the lessons are read during the church service.
- a stand with a slanted top, used to hold a book, speech, manuscript, etc., at the proper height for a reader or speaker.
Origin of lectern
Examples from the Web for lectern
In another photo pair, a crowd listens to a speaker at a lectern in a light-filled conference hall.Japan's James Bond Villain Ghost Town
August 7, 2014
“Guantanamo is not necessary to keep us safe,” he said, tapping at the lectern.Congress Cooperates, Obama Pushes Hard, and Closing Gitmo Has a Chance
December 12, 2013
When the court came to order, he approached a lectern and stood at attention.From PTSD to Prison: Why Veterans Become Criminals
July 28, 2013
Vicki Jackson, a Harvard Law professor, rises to the lectern and begins her remarks.Justices Dance Around Procedure, but DOMA Is Still About Discrimination
March 27, 2013
He was not projecting outward to a crowd like a professor at a lectern.Election Night 2012: Fashion of Jubilation And Mourning
November 7, 2012
Mrs. Fleming, Meg, Monty, and Neale were standing by the lectern when she appeared.A harum-scarum schoolgirl
The bier stood near the lectern, between four rows of candles.Madame Bovary
They were all that he could do in the way of pulpit, desk, and lectern.Stingaree</p>
E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
He came over to the table and stood in front of it as though it were a lectern.The Trembling of a Leaf
William Somerset Maugham
The Lectern takes the familiar form of an eagle, and is of bronze.
- a reading desk or support in a church
- any similar desk or support
Word Origin and History for lectern
early 14c., lettorne, lettron, from Old French letron, from Medieval Latin lectrinum, from Late Latin lectrum "lectern," from root of Latin legere "to read" (see lecture (n.)). Half-re-Latinized in English in 15c.