or prae·lect

[ pri-lekt ]
/ prɪˈlɛkt /

verb (used without object)

to lecture or discourse publicly.

Origin of prelect

1610–20; < Latin praelectus, past participle of praelegere to lecture, equivalent to prae- pre- + legere to read aloud; see lection

Related forms

pre·lec·tion [pri-lek-shuh n] /prɪˈlɛk ʃən/, nounpre·lec·tor, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for prelection


/ (prɪˈlɛkt) /


(intr) rare to lecture or discourse in public

Derived Forms

prelection, nounprelector, noun

Word Origin for prelect

C17: from Late Latin praelegere to instruct by reading, lecture, from prae in front of, in public + legere to read, choose
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