- a version of a passage in a particular copy or edition of a text; a variant reading.
- a portion of sacred writing read in a divine service; lesson; pericope.
Origin of lection
Examples from the Web for lection
We set there as solemn as if parson was preachin' to us on 'lection and predestination.Aunt Jane of Kentucky
Eliza Calvert Hall
There is bad folks in Jonesville 'lection day,—bad men, and bad women.Sweet Cicely
Josiah Allen's Wife: Marietta Holley
But we got to be up and doin', as they say about 'lection times.Annie Kilburn
William Dean Howells
Who'd take care of the young ones while they trapsed about 'lection days?The Gold Brick
Ann S. Stephens
"I expect they've all gone to Sir Harry's 'lection tea," said Mrs. Nicholls.Notwithstanding
- a variant reading of a passage in a particular copy or edition of a text
Word Origin and History for lection
1530s, from Old French lection, from Latin lectionem (nominative lectio), noun of action from past participle stem of legere "to read" (see lecture (n.)).