Definition of pulpit in English:


Syllabification: pul·pit
Pronunciation: /ˈpo͝olˌpit, ˈpəl-, -pət


  • 1A raised platform or lectern in a church or chapel from which the preacher delivers a sermon.
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    • The gay rights movement is uncomfortable with that tack, a skepticism bred from years of anti-gay sermons being delivered from pulpits across the country.
    • Early Christian churches had no pulpits other than the ambos where scriptures could be read.
    • Within the past year I've read newspaper accounts of two Protestant pastors who were suspended from their pulpits for preaching sermons downloaded from the Internet.
  • 1.1 (the pulpit) Religious teaching as expressed in sermons; preachers collectively: the movies could rival the pulpit as an agency molding the ideas of the mass public
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    • The importance of provocative teaching from the pulpit is to remind and encourage persons of all ages to hear anew the call to discipleship which God issues.
    • I will grant you that ‘provocation’ may not be the most socially acceptable form of teaching from the pulpit.
    • They actually like to see more correlation from the pulpit of their religious commitment and how it affects public policy.
  • 1.2A raised platform in the bow of a fishing boat or whaler.
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    • With its integrated swim platform and bow pulpit, the deck of the 300 Fiesta Vee has the appearance and feel of a larger boat.
    • Torn canvas, crushed bow pulpits and swim platforms, crunched rub rails and assorted dings will keep repair yards busy for months.
    • Another concern voiced by some is that the length of the boat does not include the bow pulpit and owners have found their Silvertons don't fit into their slips.
  • 1.3A guard rail enclosing a small area at the bow of a yacht.
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    • I hung over the side of the pulpit and saw that the bobstay chain was shackled to the end cap on the bowsprit, so I hunted up a wrench and another shackle.
    • Not only are stanchions and pulpits expensive to repair or replace, but they often tear out at the bases, which will cost you even more money.


Middle English: from Latin pulpitum 'scaffold, platform', in medieval Latin 'pulpit'.

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