[aw-fer-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, of-er-]
noun, plural offertories.
(sometimes initial capital letter) the offering of the unconsecrated elements that is made to God by the celebrant in a Eucharistic service.
the verses, anthem, or music said, sung, or played while the offerings of the people are received at a religious service.
that part of a service at which offerings are made.
the offerings themselves.

1350–1400; Middle English offertorie < Medieval Latin offertōrium place to which offerings are brought, offering, oblation, equivalent to Latin offer(re) (see offer) + -tōrium -tory2; cf. oblation

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offertory (ˈɒfətərɪ)
n , pl -tories
1.  the oblation of the bread and wine at the Eucharist
2.  the offerings of the worshippers at this service
3.  the prayers said or sung while the worshippers' offerings are being received
[C14: from Church Latin offertōrium place appointed for offerings, from Latin offerre to offer]

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Word Origin & History

"the part of a Mass at which offerings are made," late 14c., from M.L. offertorium "place where offerings are brought," from V.L. offertus, corresponding to L. oblatus, pp. of offerre (see offer). Meaning "part of a religious service" is first recorded 1539; sense of "collection
of money" is from 1862.
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