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or prae·lect

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verb (used without object)
  1. to lecture or discourse publicly.

Origin of prelect

1610–20; < Latin praelectus, past participle of praelegere to lecture, equivalent to prae- pre- + legere to read aloud; see lection
Related formspre·lec·tion [pri-lek-shuh n] /prɪˈlɛk ʃən/, nounpre·lec·tor, noun
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Examples from the Web for prelection

Historical Examples

  • His reception of my recitation, or prelection, was rather singular.

    The Lady of the Lake

    Sir Walter Scott

  • Was it reasonable to have assembled six, ten, or a dozen persons for the purpose of hearing a prelection?

  • The grades of Grammar have respectively their own forms of prelection, given in detail by the final Ratio.

  • According as it is a grammar or an author that is being explained, a very different method of prelection is to be followed.

British Dictionary definitions for prelection


  1. (intr) rare to lecture or discourse in public
Derived Formsprelection, nounprelector, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Late Latin praelegere to instruct by reading, lecture, from prae in front of, in public + legere to read, choose
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