What is the meaning of the furniture term Lectern?

A lectern is a piece of furniture that is used as a stand for supporting books, documents, or notes during a presentation, lecture, or speech. It typically consists of a sloping top surface with a raised edge to hold materials in place, and may also have a stand or pedestal for stability. Lecterns are commonly found in educational institutions, conference rooms, religious settings, and public speaking venues. Reading desk of wood or metal.
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