Middle EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit


Borrowed from Anglo-Norman sermun, from Latin sermō, sermōnem.


  • IPA(key): /ˈsɛrmuːn/, /ˈsɛrmun/
  • (Late ME) IPA(key): /ˈsarmun/


sermoun (plural sermouns)

  1. A (generally long and as a monologue) talk or speech by one person.
  2. A sermon; a religious speech (especially one by early Christians)
  3. The religious sermons and proselytising done by early Christians.
  4. Conversation, chatter; talking or conversing in general.
  5. One's manner or way of talking or writing; the hallmarks of one's prose.
  6. A text or piece of literature, especially one related to religion.
  7. A portion of a text devoted to a certain topic or domain.
  8. (rare) A language; a form of speech used by a speech community.

Related termsEdit


  • English: sermon, sarmon
  • Scots: sermon