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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Roman Catholic Church A book containing all the prayers and responses necessary for celebrating the Mass throughout the year.
  • noun A prayer book.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pertaining to the mass, or to the missal or Roman Catholic mass-book.
  • noun In the Roman Catholic Church, the book containing all the liturgical forms necessary for celebrating mass throughout the year.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The book containing the service of the Mass for the entire year; a Mass book.
  • adjective Of or pertaining to the Mass, or to a missal or Mass book.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A prayer book
  • noun A book containing the prayers and responses needed when celebrating the Roman Catholic Mass throughout the year

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun (Roman Catholic Church) a book containing all the prayers and responses needed to celebrate Mass throughout the year

Etymologies

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

[Middle English messel, from Old French, from Medieval Latin missāle, from neuter of missālis, of the Mass, from Late Latin missa, Mass; see Mass.]

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