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 It’s now been outfitted with a cross, pulpit and pews, and sits at the edge of the Marshall Heights neighborhood, near the District’s border with Prince George’s County. Washington Post, "At one church, combating neighborhood violence requires prayer and footwork," 7 Jan. 2020 According to Tiffany, the SSPX priest announced from the pulpit that anyone who attended the wedding would be committing a sin. Emma Green, The Atlantic, "The Christian Withdrawal Experiment," 12 Dec. 2019 In 2014, as his group routed the Iraqi army and swept through much of the country’s Sunni-majority north and west, Mr Baghdadi climbed the pulpit of a mosque in Mosul to declare a caliphate. The Economist, "Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of Islamic State, is dead," 27 Oct. 2019 The 88-year-old, who as Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town used the pulpit to preach against the injustices of white minority rule during the apartheid era, has battled prostate cancer for years and has largely withdrawn from public life. NBC News, "South African anti-apartheid campaigner Archbishop Tutu in hospital," 5 Dec. 2019 His appointment of conservative judges earns him plaudits from church pulpits. BostonGlobe.com, "Is Trump’s base breaking over impeachment? Tale of congressman’s defiance suggests not - The Boston Globe," 1 Nov. 2019 Fittingly, the church’s pulpit, shrines and Stations of the Cross were hand-carved in Germany. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Architecture critic’s top 10 picks for Open House Chicago: A chapel in the sky, the original Sears Tower and Chicago’s only castle," 25 Sep. 2019 Nicole and Martin Frost brought their 4-year-old son and 3-month-old daughter to see Autumn Rose, the reigning Miss OC Pride, read picture books from the pulpit area in a sequined gown, blonde wavy wig and towering tiara. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Children’s drag queen event at Costa Mesa church draws protest," 21 Sep. 2019 Tangible assets, such as pulpit furniture and pews, will go to St. Patrick Episcopal Church, which shared the First Christian building for 10 years before moving to its current location at 146 Marks Road. Brian Lisik, cleveland.com, "Brunswick First Christian Church to close after more than 180 years.," 27 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of pulpit was in the 14th century

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19 Jan 2020

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“Pulpit.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pulpit. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of pulpit

: a raised platform where a priest or minister stands when leading a worship service


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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