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



    BrE BrE//ˈɒfətri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːfərtɔːri//
    , NAmE//ˈɑːfərtɔːri//
    (pl. offertories)
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  1. 1the offering of bread and wine to God at a church service
  2. 2an offering or a collection of money during a church service
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from ecclesiastical Latin offertorium ‘offering’, from late Latin offert- (which replaced Latin oblat-) ‘offered’, from the verb offerre ‘bestow, present’ (in ecclesiastical Latin ‘offer to God’).
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