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noun, plural am·bos.
  1. (in an early Christian church) a raised desk, or either of two such desks, from which the Gospels or Epistles were read or chanted.
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Also ambon.

Origin of ambo

1635–45; < Medieval Latin ambō(n) < Greek ámbōn edge, rim, pulpit
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Related Words

pulpit, rostrum, platform, support, stand, ambo, desk, escritoire, lectern, secretary, bookrest

Examples from the Web for ambo

Historical Examples

  • Ambo, a fitting of early Christian churches, very similar to a pulpit.


    Thomas Roger Smith

  • 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!

    The Book of Susan

    Lee Wilson Dodd

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

    The Book of Susan

    Lee Wilson Dodd

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

    The Book of Susan

    Lee Wilson Dodd

British Dictionary definitions for ambo


noun plural ambos or ambones (æmˈbəʊniːz)
  1. either of two raised pulpits from which the gospels and epistles were read in early Christian churches
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Word Origin

C17: from Medieval Latin, from Greek ambōn raised rim, pulpit


noun plural ambos Australian informal
  1. an ambulance driver
  2. an ambulance
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