from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A layperson in the Anglican or Roman Catholic church authorized by a bishop to read some parts of the service.
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- n. A person who is not ordained but is appointed to lead Church services.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- A layman authorized to read parts of the public service of the church.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a layman who is authorized by the bishop to read parts of the service in an Anglican or Episcopal church
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The Savoy Conference proved a failure, and no lay reader of Baxter's account of it can profess wonder.