noun, plural hom·i·lies.
Origin of homily
Examples from the Web for homily
He figured on letting the gospel, specifically Matthew 1:28, guide his homily.11 Children Shot in Milwaukee, One in Her Grandpa's Lap|Michael Daly|November 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The question she was asked by the priest during his homily: “What would you like for Christmas?”‘Resurrection’ Is TV’s Silliest Show and Probably Dead on Arrival|Kevin Fallon|March 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
During his homily, Pope Francis stressed the importance of service.Pope Francis Puts a Ring on It: Video of the Inauguration|The Daily Beast Video|March 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I thought the service would never end, or the organist's voluntaries, or the preacher's homily.The Newcomes|William Makepeace Thackeray
A good witty boy, would live to read an homily well: and to whom are you going now?The Works of John Marston|John Marston
This custom is mentioned also in Leo IVth's homily above quoted.The Ceremonies of the Holy-Week at Rome|Charles Michael Baggs
March began to feel some compassion for himself in being witness of the young fellow's discomfort under his father's homily.The March Family Trilogy, Complete|William Dean Howells
"Oh, it never hurts me," Thorpe said, indifferently accepting the direction of the homily.The Market-Place|Harold Frederic
British Dictionary definitions for homily
noun plural -lies
Word Origin for homily
Word Origin and History for homily
late 14c., omelye, from Old French omelie (12c., Modern French homélie), from Church Latin homilia "a homily, sermon," from Greek homilia "conversation, discourse," used in New Testament Greek for "sermon," from homilos "an assembled crowd," from homou "together" (from PIE *somo-, from root *sem- (1) "one, as one, together with;" see same) + ile "troop" (cognate with Sanskrit melah "assembly," Latin miles "soldier"). Latinate form restored in English 16c.