[ lit-er-jee ]
/ ˈlɪt ər dʒi /
noun, plural lit·ur·gies.
a form of public worship; ritual.
a collection of formularies for public worship.
a particular arrangement of services.
a particular form or type of the Eucharistic service.
the service of the Eucharist, especially this service (Divine Liturgy) in the Eastern Church.
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Origin of liturgy
1550–60; < Late Latin lītūrgia < Greek leitourgía public service, ecclesiastical Greek: Eucharist, equivalent to leitourg(ós) minister + -ia -y3
Related formsan·ti·lit·ur·gy, adjective
Can be confusedlitany liturgy
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British Dictionary definitions for liturgy
/ (ˈlɪtədʒɪ) /
noun plural -gies
the forms of public services officially prescribed by a Church
Also called: Divine Liturgy (often capital) mainly Eastern Churches the Eucharistic celebration
a particular order or form of public service laid down by a Church
Word Origin for liturgy
C16: via Medieval Latin, from Greek leitourgia, from leitourgos minister, from leit- people + ergon work
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