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[am-boh] /ˈæm boʊ/
noun, plural ambos.
(in an early Christian church) a raised desk, or either of two such desks, from which the Gospels or Epistles were read or chanted.
Also, ambon.
Origin of ambo
1635-45; < Medieval Latin ambō(n) < Greek ámbōn edge, rim, pulpit Unabridged
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  • ambo, a fitting of early Christian churches, very similar to a pulpit.

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  • The ambo had two ascents—one from the east, and the other from the west.

  • Tilly wasn't a bit like Pearl, ambo; and Sonia isn't either!

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  • As for amboambo says nothing, bless him—but I think he wants and needs you most of all.

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  • Oh, I knew at once what you meant, ambo, when you called her a dedicated priestess!

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  • ambo, I can never make you know what you've been to me, never!

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  • The old dream had fluttered its tired wings, once, ambo; you know it had!

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  • He was all I had wanted him to be, ambo; simple and straightforward and clean.

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  • Here's where Jimmy comes back, ambo—and it's the worst of all I have to confess.

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  • For there's nobody in the world like ambo, whether for dearness or general absurdity.

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British Dictionary definitions for ambo


noun (pl) ambos, ambones (æmˈbəʊniːz)
either of two raised pulpits from which the gospels and epistles were read in early Christian churches
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin, from Greek ambōn raised rim, pulpit


noun (Austral, informal) (pl) ambos
an ambulance driver
an ambulance
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