liturgy

[ 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.

Origin of liturgy

1550–60; < Late Latin lītūrgia < Greek leitourgía public service, ecclesiastical Greek: Eucharist, equivalent to leitourg(ós) minister + -ia -y3

Related forms

an·ti·lit·ur·gy, adjective

Can be confused

litany liturgy
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British Dictionary definitions for liturgy

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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