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of•fer•to•ry  fər tôr′ē, -tōr′ē, ofər-),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -ries. 
  1. Religion(sometimes cap.) the offering of the unconsecrated elements that is made to God by the celebrant in a Eucharistic service.
  2. Religion[Eccles.]
    • the verses, anthem, or music said, sung, or played while the offerings of the people are received at a religious service.
    • that part of a service at which offerings are made.
    • the offerings themselves.
of′fer•tori•al, adj. 
  • Medieval Latin offertōrium place to which offerings are brought, offering, oblation, equivalent. to Latin offer(re) (see offer) + -tōrium -tory2; compare oblation
  • Middle English offertorie 1350–1400


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

offertory /ˈɒfətərɪ/ n ( pl -tories)
  1. the oblation of the bread and wine at the Eucharist
  2. the offerings of the worshippers at this service
  3. the prayers said or sung while the worshippers' offerings are being received
Etymology: 14th Century: from Church Latin offertōrium place appointed for offerings, from Latin offerre to offer



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