[ pool-pit, puhl- ]
/ ˈpʊl pɪt, ˈpʌl- /


Origin of pulpit

First recorded in 1300–50; Anglo-Norman pulpit, pulputte, French, Middle French pulpite, from Latin pulpitum “platform, scaffold, stage,” and also in Late Latin “pulpit”


pul·pit·al, adjectivepul·pit·less, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pulpit

/ (ˈpʊlpɪt) /


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
  1. the preaching of the Christian message
  2. the clergy or their message and influence

Word Origin for pulpit

C14: from Latin pulpitum a platform
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