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lectern

3 definitions found
 for lectern
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Lectern \Lec"tern\ (l[e^]k"t[u^]rn), n. [Written also lecturn
     and lettern.] [LL. lectrinum, fr. lectrum; cf. L. legere,
     lectum, to read.]
     1. A choir desk, or reading desk, in some churches, from
        which the lections, or Scripture lessons, are chanted or
        read. --Fairholt.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. Hence: A reading desk, usually in the form of a stand with
        a slanted top that holds books or lecture notes at a
        height convenient for reading by a speaker who is
        standing. A modern lectern may be of adjustable height,
        and be fitted with a light to illuminate the material on
        the desk, and sometimes a microphone or other electrical
        equipment for use of a speaker.
        [PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Lecturn \Lec"turn\ (l[e^]k"t[u^]rn), n. [LL. lectrinum, fr.
     lectrum; cf. L. legere, lectum, to read.]
     Same as lectern. [Written also lectern and lettern.]
     --Fairholt.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  lectern
      n 1: desk or stand with a slanted top used to hold a text at the
           proper height for a lecturer [syn: lectern, reading
           desk]