Origin of lector
1425–75; late Middle English < Latin: a reader, equivalent to leg(ere) to read + -tor -tor
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Examples from the Web for lector
During the meal a lector read to them the Idyls of Theocritus.Quo Vadis
This may equally well have been Henry de Apeltre, the twelfth lector.
He was certainly a Minorite in 1422, when he matriculated at Erfurt as lector Minorum.
Already the voice of the lector was vibrating through the church.Sinister Street, vol. 1
The Count begged the Lector not to sit long with the busy Minister.Titan: A Romance v. 1 (of 2)
Jean Paul Friedrich Richter
- a lecturer or reader in certain universities
- RC Church
- a person appointed to read lessons at certain services
- (in convents or monastic establishments) a member of the community appointed to read aloud during meals
C15: from Latin, from legere to read
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Word Origin and History for lector
late 14c., "reader, a cleric in one of the minor orders," from Late Latin lector "reader," agent noun from Latin legere "to read" (see lecture (n.)). Related: Lectorship.
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