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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

Etymologies

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)

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