from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A sermon, especially one intended to edify a congregation on a practical matter and not intended to be a theological discourse.
- n. A tedious moralizing lecture or admonition.
- n. An inspirational saying or platitude.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A sermon, especially concerning a practical matter.
- n. A moralizing lecture.
- n. A platitude.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A discourse or sermon read or pronounced to an audience; a serious discourse.
- n. A serious or tedious exhortation in private on some moral point, or on the conduct of life.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In early Christian use, a colloquial and familiar discourse in exposition of Scripture; in modern use, an expository sermon, or one which interprets and applies a particular passage of Scripture rather than elucidates a particular doctrine or theme.
- n. Any expository or hortatory discourse.
- n. [capitalized] In the Ch. of Eng., one of the two series of discourses called “The First” and “The Second Book of Homilies,” the former of which appeared in 1547 and the latter in 1563, appointed to be read in the churches when the sermon was omitted. Synonyms Exhortation, etc. See sermon.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a sermon on a moral or religious topic
Middle English omelie, from Old French, from Late Latin homīlia, from Greek homīliā, discourse, from homīlos, crowd; see sem-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ὁμιλία ("conversation; sermon"). (Wiktionary)