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[mis-uh l] /ˈmɪs əl/
(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.
Origin of missal
1300-50; Middle English < Medieval Latin missāle, noun use of neuter of missālis, equivalent to miss(a) Mass + -ālis -al1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • There you have it precisely, in a falcon I got out of Mr. Coxes favourite fourteenth century missal.

    The Eagle's Nest John Ruskin
  • On the chest of relics, which were thus concealed, was laid a missal.

  • A youth of eighteen, holding up a missal from which he is singing, has it torn out of his hands and destroyed.

    Thunder and Lightning Camille Flammarion
  • It was he also who gave M. d'Hergemont the page from the missal.

    The Secret of Sarek Maurice Leblanc
  • For the last time the server removed the missal, and brought it back to the right-hand side.

  • But his lips quivered as he took again his missal and his purple bag.

  • Van Helsing opened his missal and began to read, and Quincey and I followed as well as we could.

    Dracula Bram Stoker
  • The pity of it all was that the missal was to be in the keeping of a woman.

    The Unpublishable Memoirs A. S. W. Rosenbach
  • Hermann thinks well of it: sets his St. Mary's riders at Triglaph, with the sword in one hand and a missal in the other.

  • Do you think, maman, that Père Jerome knows it was I who gave that missal?

    Madame Delphine George W. Cable
British Dictionary definitions for missal


(RC Church) a book containing the prayers, rites, etc, of the Masses for a complete year
Word Origin
C14: from Church Latin missale (n), from missālis concerning the Mass
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Word Origin and History for missal

c.1300, from Old French messel "book of the Mass" (12c.) an ddirectly from Medieval Latin missale, neuter of adjective missalis "pertaining to the Mass," from Late Latin missa "Mass" (see mass (2)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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