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offertory Syllabification: of·fer·to·ry
Pronunciation: /ˈôfərˌtôrē/

Definition of offertory in English:

noun (plural offertories)

Christian Church
1The offering of the bread and wine at the Eucharist.
1.1Prayers or music accompanying this.
Example sentences
  • Imagine you are practicing a piece for a forthcoming concert, for a church offertory, or to accompany a trumpet player down the street.
  • Preludes, offertories, anthems, postludes - these and their like are not essential to worship.
  • Since most of these arrangements are written in the keys of C, D, G, F and B-flat, young pianists can be shown how to combine several pieces to create longer music needed for preludes, offertories and communion.
2An offering or collection of money made at a religious service.
Example sentences
  • At the cathedral teachers were secured for the boy's school through seat rents supplemented by church offertories and school fees.
  • First, we have our ‘assessment’ which is based on offertory - something like 10%.
  • When the church was consecrated in 1853 the offertory amounted to £54.


Late Middle English: from ecclesiastical Latin offertorium 'offering', from late Latin offert- (which replaced Latin oblat-) 'offered', from the verb offerre (see offer).

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