Meaning of “sermon” in the English Dictionary

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"sermon" in British English

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sermonnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈsɜː.mən/ us /ˈsɝː.mən/

a part of a Christian church ceremony in which a priest gives a talk on a religious or moral subject, often based on something written in the Bible:

The Reverend William Cronshaw delivered/preached the sermon.
Today's sermon was on the importance of compassion.

disapproving a long talk in which someone advises other people how they should behave in order to be better people:

I really don't think it's a politician's job to go delivering sermons on public morality.

(Definition of “sermon” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sermon" in American English

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sermonnoun [ C ]

us /ˈsɜr·mən/

a talk on a religious or moral subject, esp. one given by a religious leader during a religious ceremony

(Definition of “sermon” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)