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
Related formslec·tor·ate [lek-ter-it, -tuh-reyt] /ˈlɛk tər ɪt, -təˌreɪt/, lec·tor·ship, noun
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Examples from the Web for lector

Historical Examples of lector

  • During the meal a lector read to them the Idyls of Theocritus.

    Quo Vadis

    Henryk Sienkiewicz

  • This may equally well have been Henry de Apeltre, the twelfth lector.

  • He was certainly a Minorite in 1422, when he matriculated at Erfurt as lector Minorum.

  • Already the voice of the lector was vibrating through the church.

    Sinister Street, vol. 1

    Compton Mackenzie

  • The Count begged the Lector not to sit long with the busy Minister.

    Titan: A Romance v. 1 (of 2)

    Jean Paul Friedrich Richter

British Dictionary definitions for lector



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 Formslectorate (ˈlɛktərɪt) or lectorship, noun

Word Origin for lector

C15: from Latin, from legere to read
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Word Origin and History for lector

late 14c., "reader, a cleric in one of the minor orders," from Late Latin lector "reader," agent noun from Latin legere "to read" (see lecture (n.)). Related: Lectorship.

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