Definition of pulpit noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈpʊlpɪt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʊlpɪt//
Religious buildings
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a small platform in a church that is like a box and is high above the ground, where a priest, etc. stands to speak to the people (figurative) The policy has been widely condemned from the pulpit (= by priests and other church leaders). As soon as he mounted the pulpit half of the congregation usually left the church. See related entries: Religious buildings Word OriginMiddle English: from Latin pulpitum ‘scaffold, platform’, in medieval Latin ‘pulpit’.
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