[lek-shuh n]


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

1530–40; < Latin lēctiōn- (stem of lēctiō) a reading, equivalent to lēct(us) (past participle of legere to choose, gather, read; cognate with Greek légein to speak) + -iōn- -ion
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Examples from the Web for lection

Historical Examples of 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.


    Mary Cholmondeley

British Dictionary definitions for lection



a variant reading of a passage in a particular copy or edition of a text

Word Origin for lection

C16: from Latin lectio a reading, from legere to read, select
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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.)).

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