(sometimes initial capital letter) Roman Catholic Church. the book containing the prayers and rites used by the priest in celebrating Mass over the course of the entire year.
any book of prayers or devotions.

1300–50; Middle English < Medieval Latin missāle, noun use of neuter of missālis, equivalent to miss(a) Mass + -ālis -al1

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missal (ˈmɪsəl)
RC Church a book containing the prayers, rites, etc, of the Masses for a complete year
[C14: from Church Latin missale (n), from missālis concerning the Mass]

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., from O.Fr. messel "book of the Mass," from M.L. missale, neut. of adj. missalis "pertaining to the Mass," from L.L. missa "Mass."
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type of book containing the prayers, important chants, and necessary instructions for the celebration of the mass (Latin: missa) in the Roman Catholic church throughout the year.

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Example sentences
Note the vanity items on the table and the missal on the chair.
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