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lectern

[ lek-tern ]
/ ˈlɛk tərn /
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noun
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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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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British Dictionary definitions for lectern

lectern
/ (ˈlɛktən) /

noun
a reading desk or support in a church
any similar desk or support

Word Origin for lectern

C14: from Old French lettrun, from Late Latin lectrum, ultimately from legere to read
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