What does the word lectern mean?

Usage examples for lectern

  1. On his right is a plain lectern with an open volume on each side of it, and behind are two or more shelves set against the wall with books lying on their sides. – The Care of Books by John Willis Clark
  2. Erected in 1761; Lectern, St. Peter's Church. – The Colonial Architecture of Philadelphia by Frank Cousins Phil M. Riley
  3. My Father preached from a lectern, facing the audience. – Father and Son by Edmund Gosse