Pulpit meaning

po͝olpĭt, pŭl-
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An elevated platform, lectern, or stand used in preaching or conducting a religious service.
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A bully pulpit.
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An elevated metal guardrail extending around the bow or stern of a yacht or other small vessel.
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A raised or enclosed area; esp., an elevated control room, as in a steel mill.
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An elevated platform, such as one used by harpooners in a whaling boat.
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A raised platform in a church, usually enclosed, where the minister or preacher stands to conduct the sermon.
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A desk or platform for an orator or public speaker.
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(nautical) 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.
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The definition of a pulpit is a raised platform from which speeches or sermons are given.

A raised podium in church from which the priest delivers his sermon is an example of a pulpit.

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Origin of pulpit

  • Middle English from Old French from Late Latin pulpitum from Latin wooden platform

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin pulpitum (“platform").

    From Wiktionary