Part of speech: noun

The act of offering, or the thing offered.

Part of speech: noun

Rom. Cath. Ch. A part of the mass.

Part of speech: noun

Words or music during the collection of alms in a church service.

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Usage examples "offertory":

  1. Even the check that you put in the plate when you take the offertory up the aisle on Sunday morning? - "The Mansion", Henry Van Dyke.
  2. It would have been well for him if he could have followed on such occasions the memorable example of Lady Cook, who was so impressed by a begging sermon that she borrowed a sovereign from Sydney Smith to put into the offertory; and- the gold once between her fingers- found herself equally unable to give it or to return it, so went home, a pound richer for her charitable impulse. - "Americans and Others", Agnes Repplier.
  3. The offertory solo was hers. - "The House of Toys", Henry Russell Miller.