[ poo l-pit, puhl- ]
/ ˈpʊl pɪt, ˈpʌl- /


a platform or raised structure in a church, from which the sermon is delivered or the service is conducted.
the pulpit,
  1. the clerical profession; the ministry.
  2. 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)
  1. a safety rail rising about 18 to 30 inches (48 to 76 cm) from the deck near the bow and extending around it.
  2. 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

1300–50; Middle English < Late Latin pulpitum pulpit, Latin: platform, stage

Related forms

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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