Definition of


  1. (noun, communication) a speech that is open to the public
  2. (noun, communication) a lengthy rebuke
    the teacher gave him a talking to
  3. (noun, act) teaching by giving a discourse on some subject (typically to a class)
  4. (verb, communication) deliver a lecture or talk
    Did you ever lecture at Harvard?
  5. (verb, communication) censure severely or angrily
    The deputy ragged the Prime Minister
    The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Lecture

  1. late 14c., "action of reading, that which is read," from M.L. lectura "a reading, lecture," from L. lectus, pp. of legere "to read," originally "to gather, collect, pick out, choose" (cf. election), from PIE *leg- "to pick together, gather, collect" (cf. Gk. legein "to say, tell, speak, declare," originally, in Homer, "to pick out, sele… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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