[ lek-ter ]
/ ˈlɛk tər /


a lecturer in a college or university.
Roman Catholic Church.
  1. a member of the next to lowest-ranking of the minor orders.
  2. the order itself.Compare acolyte(def 2), exorcist(def 2), ostiary(def 1).

Origin of lector

1425–75; late Middle English < Latin: a reader, equivalent to leg(ere) to read + -tor -tor


lec·tor·ate [lek-ter-it, -tuh-reyt] /ˈlɛk tər ɪt, -təˌreɪt/, lec·tor·ship, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for lector

/ (ˈlɛktɔː) /


a lecturer or reader in certain universities
RC Church
  1. a person appointed to read lessons at certain services
  2. (in convents or monastic establishments) a member of the community appointed to read aloud during meals

Derived forms of lector

lectorate (ˈlɛktərɪt) or lectorship, noun

Word Origin for lector

C15: from Latin, from legere to read
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