pulpit

noun
pul·​pit | \ ˈpu̇l-ˌpit How to pronounce pulpit (audio) , ˈpəl-, -pət \

Definition of pulpit

1 : an elevated platform or high reading desk used in preaching or conducting a worship service
2a : the preaching profession
b : a preaching position

Examples of pulpit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ease off the quoting of other general authorities from the pulpit. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 Apr. 2022 Locke blessed the members from the pulpit and later posed for pictures with them as the Proud Boys flashed white supremacist symbols. Washington Post, 31 Mar. 2022 But during the pandemic, some more mainstream preachers have spoken out against the vaccines from the pulpit. Heather Hollingsworth, chicagotribune.com, 14 Feb. 2022 Even with that pulpit, though, Mr. Adams’s goal of expanding healthy food options in neighborhoods that have historically lacked access may prove much more challenging, Dr. Lurie said. New York Times, 14 Mar. 2022 But during the pandemic, some more mainstream preachers have spoken out against the vaccines from the pulpit. Heather Hollingsworth, chicagotribune.com, 14 Feb. 2022 After leading the man to the pulpit and continuing his sermon, Todd coughed up some phlegm and eventually rubbed it on the face of the man, who remained onstage with his eyes closed. Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News, 18 Jan. 2022 In other gatherings—as with VR Church—the event is led by an avatar pastor who can mill about the congregation (usually floating leglessly, like most VR avatars) before taking to the pulpit. Lila Maclellan, Quartz, 22 Dec. 2021 The suspect stood up and began making his way to the pulpit. Rachel Wegner, USA TODAY, 9 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of pulpit

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pulpit

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin pulpitum, from Latin, staging, platform

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17 Apr 2022

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“Pulpit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pulpit. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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pulpit

noun
pul·​pit | \ ˈpu̇l-ˌpit How to pronounce pulpit (audio) \

Kids Definition of pulpit

1 : a raised place in which a clergyman stands while preaching or conducting a religious service
2 : the profession of preachers

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