One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A public lecture, talk, or reading; especially a college or university lecture given to students; such a lecture in written form.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in William Alley (d. 1570), bishop of Exeter. From classical Latin praelectiōn-, praelectiō reading aloud of an author, with exposition from praelect-, past participial stem of praelegere + -iō.
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