One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A lecturer, a tutor, especially in a college or university.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in John Ferne (c1560–1609), administrator and writer on heraldry. From classical Latin praelector person who reads an author to others and adds explanations, in post-classical Latin also lecturer at a university from praelect-, past participial stem of praelegere + -or.
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