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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • n. (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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