- (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.
- any book of prayers or devotions.
Origin of missal
Examples from the Web for missal
"You should not have stepped out of your missal, Sylvia," he said sadly.The Opal Serpent
Do they become disgusted with the Missal and Breviary by this daily familiarity?Popular Education
And the lady was forced to begin her ave without the aid of her missal.The Paris Sketch Book of Mr. M. A. Titmarsh
William Makepeace Thackeray
There it was that he had grown up, on the missal and the lexicon.Notre-Dame de Paris
So he skinned the hare, and made a fire with the missal, and roasted and ate the hare.Italian Popular Tales
Thomas Frederick Crane
- RC Church a book containing the prayers, rites, etc, of the Masses for a complete year
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)).