Lector is a Latin term for one who reads, whether aloud or not. In modern languages the word has come to take various forms, as either a development or a loan, such as _fr. lecteur, _en. lector, _pl. lektor. It has various specialized uses:

;Academic: The title "lector" may be applied to lecturers and readers at some universities. There is also the title "lector jubilate", which is an equivalent of Doctor of Divinity. ;Ecclesiastical: A religious reader is sometimes referred to as a "lector". The lector proclaims the Scripture readings used in the Liturgy of the Word from the official, liturgical book (lectionary). The Roman Catholic Church has a rite by which it formally institutes men studying for the priesthood and diaconate as lectors.

;Television: In Poland, a "lektor" is the (usually male) reader who provides the Polish voice-over on foreign-language programmes and films where the Gavrilov translation technique is used. This is the standard localization technique on Polish television and many DVDs; full dubbing is generally reserved for children's material.

;Other: Historically, the lector or reader in a cigar factory entertained workers by reading books or newspapers aloud.

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  • Lector — • A lector (reader) in the West is a clerk having the second of the four minor orders. In all Eastern Churches also, readers are ordained to a minor order preparatory to the diaconate Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Lector     Lec …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • lector — lector, ra adjetivo,sustantivo masculino y femenino 1. Que lee: público lector. Las bibliotecas públicas tienen pocos lectores. 2. [Persona] que es profesor de su propia lengua en un centro de enseñanza extranjero: Trabaja como lector de español… …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • lector — lector, ra (Del lat. lector, ōris). 1. adj. Que lee o tiene el hábito de leer. 2. Que lee en voz alta para otras personas. U. m. c. s.) 3. Dicho de un dispositivo electrónico: Que convierte información de un soporte determinado en otro tipo de… …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • Lector — Lector, lector lat., der Leser, Vorleser; an Universitäten der Lehrer für lebende Sprachen; L. at, eine der sieben Weihen des kathol. Priesters, welche die Vollmacht enthält, aus dem lectionarium in der Kirche öffentlich vorzulesen …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • LECTOR — tertius est e 7. ordinibus Eccl. Primus enim in Clericis, teste Hier. tomo 4. Fossariorum ordo est: Secundus Ostiatiorum: Tertius Lectorum. Quartus Subdiaconorum: Quintus Levitarum s. Diaconorum: Sextus Sacerdotum: Septimus Episcoporum. Hinc… …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • lector — late 14c., reader, a cleric in one of the minor orders, from L.L. lector reader, agent noun from L. legere to read (see LECTURE (Cf. lecture)). Related: Lectorship …   Etymology dictionary

  • Lector — Lec tor (l[e^]k t[o^]r), n. [L. See {Lection}.] (Eccl.) A reader of lections; formerly, a person designated to read lessons to the illiterate. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lector — (lat.), 1) Leser, Vorleser; bes. 2) (Anagnostes), in der alten Kirche, welcher das Amt des Vorlesers der biblischen A bschnitle u. den Lectionen (s. Lection 6) hatte. Dergleichen Beamte kommen schon im zweiten Jahrh. vor u. wurden gleich anderen… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • lector — ▌ lector óptico sustantivo femenino escáner (anglic.). * * * Sinónimos: ■ leedor, leyente Antónimos: ■ analfabeto Sinónimos: ■ profesor, maestro, catedrático, con …   Diccionario de sinónimos y antónimos

  • lector — [lek′tər] n. [LME < L, reader (in ML(Ec), church officer) < lectus: see LECTERN] 1. a person who reads the Scripture lessons in a church service 2. Eccles. one of the four MINOR ORDERS, the special function of which is to read the… …   English World dictionary