The art and science of interpreting the Sacred Scriptures and of inquiring into their true meaning. It defines the laws that exegetes are to follow in order to determine and explain the sense of the revealed word of God. It presupposes that the interpreter has a knowledge of the biblical languages and of such sciences as contribute to a better understanding of Holy Writ. (Etym. Greek hermeneus, interpreter.)
— Hardon, John. Catholic Dictionary: An Abridged and Updated Edition of Modern Catholic Dictionary (pp. 206-207). The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.