What does the word homily mean?

Usage examples for homily

  1. He was the first editor of a Saxon Homily. – Anglo-Saxon Literature by John Earle
  2. Edith, after a long homily from the King, returned to Hilda; nor did her godmother renew the subject of the convent. – Harold, Complete The Last Of The Saxon Kings by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  3. It was an affectionate little homily, and went on something in this sort- 'But I need not say how honourable an estate it is, only, my lord, you will always remember your wooing is not over with your wedding. – The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu