- a reading desk in a church on which the Bible rests and from which the lessons are read during the church service.
- a stand with a slanted top, used to hold a book, speech, manuscript, etc., at the proper height for a reader or speaker.
- a reading desk or support in a church
- any similar desk or support
n.early 14c., lettorne, lettron, from Old French letron, from Medieval Latin lectrinum, from Late Latin lectrum “lectern,” from root of Latin legere “to read” (see lecture (n.)). Half-re-Latinized in English in 15c.