- var. lect., v.l. (abbreviation)
Latin: varia (feminine singular form of varius, “different”; whence various) + lectiō (“a reading”; whence lection) = “a different reading”
- (Received Pronunciation) enPR: vâʹrĭə-lĕkʹtĭō, IPA(key): /ˈvɛəɹɪəˈlɛktɪəʊ/
varia lectio (plural variae lectiones or variæ lectiones)
- (textual criticism and interpretation) Any one of the interpretations or readings of a given passage in a text which differ from copy to copy, from edition to edition, from manuscript to manuscript, or from translation to translation.
any one of the readings of a passage in a text which differ from source to source
- “‖varia lectio” in the Oxford English Dictionary (2nd ed., 1989)