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).


  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

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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