Definition of lector in US English:



  • 1A reader, especially someone who reads lessons in a church service.

    • ‘Leading the Liturgy of the Word that forms the first part of every service of Holy Eucharist, lectors proclaim the Word of God from the Old and New Testaments.’
    • ‘Beyond reading the sacred scripture, lectors write the intercessions we pray in the name of the community each week.’
    • ‘Training is provided and lectors are asked to commit to serve once a month.’
    • ‘Here nothing is as insightful as videotaping a lector in practice and then showing her or him the videotape afterwards.’
    • ‘Around the year 1271 he served as lector in the Dominican convent at Freiberg in Saxony.’
    • ‘If the lector reads the Responsorial Psalm and Gospel Acclamation, prepare those in a similar manner.’
    • ‘Let the presider and sacristan know that you are one of the lectors for that mass.’
    • ‘Further, if a suitable lector is not present, then the priest celebrant also delivers the other readings.’
    • ‘Truly, lectors are Ministers of God's Word, as they communicate the story of salvation history to the Christian community.’
    • ‘Current lectors may request an additional electronic copy.’
    • ‘Ideally, the readings at weddings and funerals are proclaimed by lectors of the parish who have been properly trained.’
    • ‘The lectors minister the presence of God who speaks when the scriptures are proclaimed in church.’
  • 2A lecturer, especially one employed in a foreign university to teach in their native language.

    • ‘My career proceeded quite smoothly, as I climbed the academic ladder from lector to professor, but in terms of intellectual stimulus or inspiration, I was very disenchanted at the time.’
    • ‘He was lucky for the lector changed the mark on his Russian language course to ‘good’ so that he could take his degree.’
    • ‘I cannot understand why they did not employ at least a German and a French lector to check this book.’
    • ‘We drank and partied with my parents, the other new lecturers, the German lector, Klaus, the French lecteur, Patrice, Russell a student and poet with long, thin hair, Vicky, a German student, and Andy who ran the hall of residence.’
    university teacher, lecturer, university lecturer, fellow, professor, reader, college tutor, academic, scholar
    View synonyms


Late Middle English: from Latin, from lect- ‘read, chosen’, from the verb legere.