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noun, plural lec·tion·ar·ies.
  1. a book or a list of lections for reading in a divine service.
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Origin of lectionary

1770–80; < Medieval Latin (liber) lēctiōnārius. See lection, -ary
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Related Words for lectionary

canon, breviary, lectionary, psalmbook, psalter, scripture

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Historical Examples of lectionary

  • The Lectionary mentioned on p. 120 was written and signed by a monastic scribe called Sifer Was.

    Illuminated Manuscripts in Classical and Mediaeval Times

    J. Henry Middleton

  • The phenomenon is even of perpetual recurrence in the Lectionary of the East,—as will be found explained below.

  • In the lectionary of this Sunday occurred the Bible text, “Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee.”

  • I do not forget that some modifications in detail, as to the Lectionary, are quite recent.

    To My Younger Brethren

    Handley C. G. Moule

British Dictionary definitions for lectionary


noun plural -aries
  1. a book containing readings appointed to be read at divine services
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Word Origin for lectionary

C15: from Church Latin lectiōnārium, from lectio lection
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