A lot vs. Alot: 9 Grammatical Pitfalls


[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.
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.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for missal
  • Note the vanity items on the table and the missal on the chair.
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
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
Cite This Source
Encyclopedia Article for missal

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.

Learn more about missal with a free trial on
Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for missal

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for missal

Scrabble Words With Friends