[in-vahy-tuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]


serving to invite; conveying an invitation.

Origin of invitatory

1300–50; Middle English < Late Latin invītātōrius, equivalent to invitā(re) to invite + -tōrius -tory1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for invitatory

Historical Examples of invitatory

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

British Dictionary definitions for invitatory



serving as or conveying an invitation

noun plural -tories

any of various invitations to prayer, such as Psalm 95 in a religious service
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