homily late 14c., omelye, from O.Fr. omelie (12c., Mod.Fr. homélie), from Church L. homilia "a homily, sermon," from Gk. homilia "conversation, discourse," used in N.T. Greek for "sermon," from homilos "an assembled crowd," from homou "together" (from PIE *somo-, from root *sem-; see HOMO- (Cf. homo-) (1)) + ile "troop" (cognate with Skt. melah "assembly," L. miles "soldier"). Latinate form restored in English 16c.

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