Definition of homily noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈhɒməli//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːməli//
(pl. homilies) (formal, often disapproving)
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a speech or piece of writing giving advice on the correct way to behave, etc. She delivered a homily on the virtues of family life. I don’t need a little homily from him about how to lead my life. Word Originlate Middle English: via Old French from ecclesiastical Latin homilia, from Greek, ‘discourse, conversation’ (in ecclesiastical use, ‘sermon’), from homilos ‘crowd’.
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