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[in-vahy-tuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
  1. serving to invite; conveying an invitation.
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Origin of invitatory

1300–50; Middle English < Late Latin invītātōrius, equivalent to invitā(re) to invite + -tōrius -tory1
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Historical Examples of invitatory

  • A second weekly official was the antiphoner, whose duty it was to read the Invitatory at Matins.

    English Monastic Life

    Abbot Gasquet

British Dictionary definitions for invitatory


  1. serving as or conveying an invitation
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noun plural -tories
  1. any of various invitations to prayer, such as Psalm 95 in a religious service
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