a reading desk in a church on which the Bible rests and from which the lessons are read during the church service.
a stand with a slanted top, used to hold a book, speech, manuscript, etc., at the proper height for a reader or speaker.
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How to use lectern in a sentence
He then turned the lectern back over to press secretary Jen Psaki.
Additionally, someone who has a mutual friend with Johnson called the FBI to report that he was the man in the photo with the lectern.The Capitol rioters put themselves all over social media. Now they’re getting arrested. | Sara Morrison | January 12, 2021 | Vox
Late Sunday afternoon, Rivera stood behind a lectern in a room outside the Washington locker room, looked into a television screen filled with the faces of reporters at his postgame news conference and exhaled deeply.Another tough loss has Washington at 2-6, but it’s too soon to give up on its NFC East hopes | Les Carpenter | November 8, 2020 | Washington Post
Very few people ever get a chance to kind of sit at the lectern and kind of essentially be the voice of a president for much of the world.Full Transcript: Sean Spicer on ‘The Carlos Watson Show’ | Daniel Malloy | August 26, 2020 | Ozy
That you had one of the most important lecterns, and whether it was about crowd size or other things … that as smart a guy as you are, you didn’t tell the truth and that you did damage to the Republic.Full Transcript: Sean Spicer on ‘The Carlos Watson Show’ | Daniel Malloy | August 26, 2020 | Ozy
In another photo pair, a crowd listens to a speaker at a lectern in a light-filled conference hall.
“Guantanamo is not necessary to keep us safe,” he said, tapping at the lectern.Congress Cooperates, Obama Pushes Hard, and Closing Gitmo Has a Chance | Daniel Klaidman | December 12, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
When the court came to order, he approached a lectern and stood at attention.From PTSD to Prison: Why Veterans Become Criminals | Matthew Wolfe | July 28, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Vicki Jackson, a Harvard Law professor, rises to the lectern and begins her remarks.Justices Dance Around Procedure, but DOMA Is Still About Discrimination | Adam Winkler | March 27, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
He was not projecting outward to a crowd like a professor at a lectern.Election Night 2012: Fashion of Jubilation And Mourning | Robin Givhan | November 7, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
The lectern, as the pulpit-stand in English churches is called, was fashioned of oak taken from Nelson's flagship, the Victory.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car | Thomas D. Murphy
Parson John looked greyer than usual as he conducted the service and stood at the lectern to read the Lessons.The Fourth Watch | H. A. Cody
The fine wooden lectern of very late Gothic design has well-carved angels kneeling on the four supporting legs.Cathedral Cities of Italy | William Wiehe Collins
The lectern he had done his best to burnish; but it was still a cripple from the fire.Peccavi | E. W. Hornung
There was nothing but the saw for these, and Carlton had already sawn the lectern from its grave.Peccavi | E. W. Hornung
British Dictionary definitions for lectern
a reading desk or support in a church
any similar desk or support
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