am·​bo ˈam-ˌbō How to pronounce ambo (audio)
plural ambos or ambones am-ˈbō-(ˌ)nēz How to pronounce ambo (audio)
: a large pulpit or reading desk in early churches and in contemporary Greek and Balkan churches standing on the gospel side of the nave and often having its counterpart on the epistle side

Word History


Medieval Latin ambon-, ambo, from Late Greek ambōn, from Greek, "edge, rim"

First Known Use

1641, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ambo was in 1641

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Cite this Entry

“Ambo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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