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lectern

[lek-tern]
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  1. a reading desk in a church on which the Bible rests and from which the lessons are read during the church service.
  2. 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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Origin of lectern

1275–1325; earlier lectron(e), late Middle English lectryn < Medieval Latin lēctrīnum, derivative of lēctrum lectern, equivalent to Latin leg(ere) to read + -trum instrumental suffix; replacing Middle English letroun, lettorne < Middle French letrun < Medieval Latin lēctrum, as above
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lectern

noun
  1. a reading desk or support in a church
  2. any similar desk or support
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French lettrun, from Late Latin lectrum, ultimately from legere to read
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Word Origin and History for lectern

n.

early 14c., lettorne, lettron, from Old French letron, from Medieval Latin lectrinum, from Late Latin lectrum "lectern," from root of Latin legere "to read" (see lecture (n.)). Half-re-Latinized in English in 15c.

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