Definition of lectionary in English:


nounplural noun lectionaries

  • A list or book of portions of the Bible appointed to be read at a church service.

    ‘the Deacon was given the task of preparing a new lectionary’
    • ‘Dating back to the 4th century, Christians and churches have used lectionaries of Biblical readings.’
    • ‘Indeed, this last pattern forms the basis of many lectionaries used for Morning and Evening Prayer.’
    • ‘This publication contains information on how to customize the lectionary for local needs.’
    • ‘There has been a tendency in recent years to move to more uniformity among the various lectionaries.’
    • ‘Very little has been discovered regarding the precise beginnings of the Christian use of lectionaries.’



/ˈlekSHəˌnerē/ /ˈlɛkʃəˌnɛri/


Late 18th century from medieval Latin lectionarium, from Latin lect- ‘chosen, read’, from the verb legere.