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Definitions for pulpit
ˈpʊl pɪt, ˈpʌl-pul·pit

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dais, podium, pulpit, rostrum, ambo, stump, soapboxnoun

    a platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it


  1. pulpitnoun

    A raised platform in a church, usually enclosed, where the minister or preacher stands to conduct the sermon.

  2. pulpitnoun

    The railing at the bow of a boat, which sometimes extends past the deck. It is sometimes referred to as bow pulpit. The railing at the stern of the boat is sometimes referred to as as stern pulpit; other texts use the perhaps more appropriate term pushpit.

  3. Etymology: From pulpitum.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Pulpitnoun

    Etymology: pulpitum, Lat. pulpitre, pupitre, Fr.

    Produce his body to the market-place,
    And in the pulpit, as becomes a friend,
    Speak in the order of his funeral. William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar.

    We see on our theatres, the examples of vice rewarded, yet it ought not to be an argument against the art, any more than the impieties of the pulpit in the late rebellion. Dryden.

    Sir Roger has given a handsome pulpit cloth, and railed in the communion table. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 112.

    Bishops were not wont to preach out of the pulpit. John Ayliffe.

    Pulpits their sacred satyr learn’d to spare,
    And vice admir’d to find a flatt’rer there. Alexander Pope.


  1. Pulpit

    {A pulpit is a raised stand for preachers in a Christian church. The origin of the word is the Latin pulpitum (platform or staging). The traditional pulpit is raised well above the surrounding floor for audibility and visibility, accessed by steps, with sides coming to about waist height. A pulpit is a raised stand for preachers in a Christian church. The origin of the word is the Latin pulpitum (platform or staging). The traditional pulpit is raised well above the surrounding floor for audibility and visibility, accessed by steps, with sides coming to about waist height. From the late medieval period onwards, pulpits have often had a canopy known as the sounding board, tester or abat-voix above and sometimes also behind the speaker, normally in wood. Though sometimes highly decorated, this is not purely decorative, but can have a useful acoustic effect in projecting the preacher's voice to the congregation below. Most pulpits have one or more book-stands for the preacher to rest his or her bible, notes or texts upon. The pulpit is generally reserved for clergy. This is mandated in the regulations of the Catholic Church, and several others (though not always strictly observed). Even in Welsh Nonconformism, this was felt appropriate, and in some chapels a second pulpit was built opposite the main one for lay exhortations, testimonies and other speeches. Many churches have a second, smaller stand called the lectern located in the Epistle side, which can be used by lay persons, and is often used for other Scripture lessons and ordinary announcements. The traditional Catholic location of the pulpit to the left side of the chancel or nave has been generally retained by Lutherans and many Anglicans, while in Presbyterian and Baptist churches the pulpit is located in the centre behind the communion table. Many modern Roman Catholic churches have an ambo that functions as both a pulpit and lectern.Equivalent platforms for speakers are the bema (bima, bimah) of ancient Greece and Jewish synagogues, and the minbar of Islamic mosques. From the pulpit is often used synecdochically for something which is said with official church authority.


  1. pulpit

    A pulpit is a raised platform or lectern in a church or chapel from which the preacher delivers a sermon. It is often enclosed or walled off to some degree, symbolizing the elevation of the sermon or speech being given from it. It usually contains a Bible or other holy book.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pulpitnoun

    an elevated place, or inclosed stage, in a church, in which the clergyman stands while preaching

  2. Pulpitnoun

    the whole body of the clergy; preachers as a class; also, preaching

  3. Pulpitnoun

    a desk, or platform, for an orator or public speaker

  4. Pulpitadjective

    of or pertaining to the pulpit, or preaching; as, a pulpit orator; pulpit eloquence

  5. Etymology: [L. pulpitum: cf. OF. pulpite, F. pulpitre.]


  1. Pulpit

    Pulpit is a speakers' stand in a church. In many Christian churches, there are two speakers' stands at the front of the church. often, the one on the left is called the pulpit. Since the Gospel lesson is often read from the pulpit, the pulpit side of the church is sometimes called the gospel side. The other speaker's stand, usually on the right, is known as the lectern. The word lectern comes from the Latin word "lectus", past participle of legere, meaning "to read", because the lectern primarily functions as a reading stand. It is typically used by lay people to read the scripture lessons, to lead the congregation in prayer, and to make announcements. Because the epistle lesson is usually read from the lectern, the lectern side of the church is sometimes called the epistle side. In other churches, the lectern, from which the Epistle is read, is located to the congregation's left and the pulpit, from which the sermon is delivered, is located on the right.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pulpit

    pōōl′pit, n. a platform for speaking from: an elevated or enclosed place in a church where the sermon is delivered: a desk.—adj. belonging to the pulpit.—ns. Pulpiteer′, Pul′piter, one who speaks from a pulpit: a preacher.—adj. Pul′pitish.—The pulpit, preachers or preaching collectively. [Fr.,—L. pulpitum, a stage.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pulpit in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pulpit in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of pulpit in a Sentence

  1. Marco Rubio:

    Every now and then, someone like that needs a taste of their own medicine because that's called a bully and he’s using the pulpit of the presidency or the presidential run to insult people.

  2. Alfredo Barnechea:

    I'm going to pray to God...to illuminate the Archbishop of Arequipa so he doesn't use the pulpit for political commentary.

  3. Terri Sewell:

    He has earned the right to be in this pulpit and to address you now.

  4. Bernie Sanders:

    I think we can do it. And I think that's what the bully pulpit is about, and that's what organizing effort's about. And that's what this campaign is about.

  5. Raphael Warnock:

    Calvin Butts taught me so many things, calvin Butts taught me how to take my ministry to the streets. The work of the Lord doesn't stop at the church door. That's where it starts. His pulpit was the public square.

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