from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A person who reads aloud certain of the scriptural passages used in a church service.
- n. A public lecturer or reader in certain universities.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A lay person who reads aloud certain religious texts in a church service
- n. A public lecturer or reader at some universities
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A reader of lections; formerly, a person designated to read lessons to the illiterate.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the early church, an ecclesiastic in minor orders, appointed to read to the people parts of the Bible and other writings of a religious character.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a public lecturer at certain universities
- n. someone who reads the lessons in a church service; someone ordained in a minor order of the Roman Catholic Church
Middle English, from Late Latin lēctor, from Latin, reader, from lēctus, past participle of legere, to read; see lecture.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)