from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A variant reading or transcription of a text or copy.
  • n. A reading from Scripture that forms a part of a church service.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of reading.
  • n. A reading of a religious text; a lesson to be read in church etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A lesson or selection, especially of Scripture, read in divine service.
  • n. A reading; a variation in the text.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of reading.
  • n. A reading; a special version in a copy of a manuscript or of a book.
  • n. Same as lesson, 2.


Latin lēctiō, lēctiōn-, a reading; see lesson.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French lection, from Latin lēctiōnem, form of lēctiō, from legō ("I read, I gather"). (Wiktionary)



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  • (n): a special wording, reading, spelling or variation in a text: a lesson, especially a portion of the Scriptures, read in a church service.

    January 15, 2009

  • Reading of Scripture.

    May 20, 2008