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[mis-uh l]
  1. (sometimes initial capital letter) Roman Catholic Church. the book containing the prayers and rites used by the priest in celebrating Mass over the course of the entire year.
  2. any book of prayers or devotions.
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Origin of missal

1300–50; Middle English < Medieval Latin missāle, noun use of neuter of missālis, equivalent to miss(a) Mass + -ālis -al1
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Examples from the Web for missal

Historical Examples

  • "You should not have stepped out of your missal, Sylvia," he said sadly.

    The Opal Serpent

    Fergus Hume

  • Do they become disgusted with the Missal and Breviary by this daily familiarity?

  • And the lady was forced to begin her ave without the aid of her missal.

  • There it was that he had grown up, on the missal and the lexicon.

  • So he skinned the hare, and made a fire with the missal, and roasted and ate the hare.

    Italian Popular Tales

    Thomas Frederick Crane

British Dictionary definitions for missal


  1. RC Church a book containing the prayers, rites, etc, of the Masses for a complete year
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Word Origin

C14: from Church Latin missale (n), from missālis concerning the Mass
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Word Origin and History for missal


c.1300, from Old French messel "book of the Mass" (12c.) an ddirectly from Medieval Latin missale, neuter of adjective missalis "pertaining to the Mass," from Late Latin missa "Mass" (see mass (2)).

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