- a desk for use in reading, especially by a person standing.
- a lectern in a church.
Origin of reading desk
First recorded in 1695–1705
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Examples from the Web for reading desk
There was a large platform, with chairs upon it, but no pulpit or reading-desk.Life in London
To the left rises a platform, on which stands a reading-desk.Mr. Faust
Arthur Davison Ficke
The priest, standing in front of a reading-desk, slowly turned his face to me.Youth
The reading-desk was about three feet from the ground, and the pulpit about six feet.The Life and Labours of the Rev. Samuel Marsden
He had a very gentlemanlike appearance in the pulpit and reading-desk.Ten Thousand a-Year (Vol. 2)