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lector

[lek-ter] /ˈlɛk tər/
noun
1.
a lecturer in a college or university.
2.
Roman Catholic Church.
  1. a member of the next to lowest-ranking of the minor orders.
  2. the order itself.
    Compare acolyte (def 2), exorcist (def 2), ostiary (def 1).
Origin of lector
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English < Latin: a reader, equivalent to leg(ere) to read + -tor -tor
Related forms
lectorate
[lek-ter-it, -tuh-reyt] /ˈlɛk tər ɪt, -təˌreɪt/ (Show IPA),
lectorship, noun
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lector

/ˈlɛktɔː/
noun
1.
a lecturer or reader in certain universities
2.
(RC Church)
  1. a person appointed to read lessons at certain services
  2. (in convents or monastic establishments) a member of the community appointed to read aloud during meals
Derived Forms
lectorate (ˈlɛktərɪt), lectorship, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin, from legere to read
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Word Origin and History for lector
n.

late 14c., "reader, a cleric in one of the minor orders," from Late Latin lector "reader," agent noun from Latin legere "to read" (see lecture (n.)). Related: Lectorship.

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