- a platform or raised structure in a church, from which the sermon is delivered or the service is conducted.
- the pulpit,
- the clerical profession; the ministry.
- members of the clergy collectively: In attendance were representatives of medicine, the pulpit, and the bar.
- (especially in Protestantism and Judaism) the position of pastor or rabbi: He heard of a pulpit in Chicago that was about to be vacated.
- (in small craft)
- a safety rail rising about 18 to 30 inches (48 to 76 cm) from the deck near the bow and extending around it.
- a similar rail at the stern.
- a control booth in a factory, usually elevated and glass-enclosed, from which an operator can observe and direct the manufacturing process.
Origin of pulpit
Examples from the Web for pulpit
Contemporary Examples of pulpit
A Belgian church has a chalkboard sitting at the pulpit with the jungle peeking through the windows behind it.The Congo's Forgotten Colonial Getaway
December 18, 2014
Reinke lost his pulpit and was drummed out of the conservative Missouri Synod of the Lutheran denomination.The Pastor Who Scandalized His Town
October 8, 2014
He is also accused of using the pulpit to further a cult of personality surrounding himself.Another Mega Church Implodes
September 14, 2014
To Hice, I suppose, speaking the “biblical truth” means endorsing John McCain from the pulpit, like he did in 2008.Meet the Man Running for Congress on an Anti-Muslim Platform
July 24, 2014
Look, Hice has every right to spew his hate from the pulpit to those who chose to attend his services.Jody Hice: Mr. Bigot Goes to Washington?
June 24, 2014
Historical Examples of pulpit
There was a large platform, with chairs upon it, but no pulpit or reading-desk.Life in London
Having ascended the pulpit, Father Massias did not at once speak.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
The idea of Turkey wagging his head in a pulpit made me laugh.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
And yet this old man in the pulpit called it a place where you went to rest!The Harbor
Then I should never have had to encounter the damnable snares of the pulpit!Salted With Fire
- a raised platform, usually surrounded by a barrier, set up in churches as the appointed place for preaching, leading in prayer, etc
- any similar raised structure, such as a lectern
- a medium for expressing an opinion, such as a column in a newspaper
- the pulpit
- the preaching of the Christian message
- the clergy or their message and influence
Word Origin for pulpit
early 14c., from Late Latin pulpitum "raised structure on which preachers stand," in classical Latin "scaffold; stage, platform for actors," of unknown origin. Also borrowed in Middle High German as pulpit (German Pult "desk"). Sense of "Christian preachers and ministers generally" is from 1560s. Pulpiteer, old contemptuous term for "professional preacher," is recorded from 1640s.