- (in an early Christian church) a raised desk, or either of two such desks, from which the Gospels or Epistles were read or chanted.
Origin of ambo
1635–45; < Medieval Latin ambō(n) < Greek ámbōn edge, rim, pulpit
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Related Wordspulpit, rostrum, platform, support, stand, ambo, desk, escritoire, lectern, secretary, bookrest
Examples from the Web for ambo
Ambo, a fitting of early Christian churches, very similar to a pulpit.Architecture
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!
As for Ambo—Ambo says nothing, bless him—but I think he wants and needs you most of all.
Ambo, I can never make you know what you've been to me, never!
- either of two raised pulpits from which the gospels and epistles were read in early Christian churches
C17: from Medieval Latin, from Greek ambōn raised rim, pulpit
- an ambulance driver
- an ambulance
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