pul·​pit | \ ˈpu̇l-ˌpit, 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

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This is a picture of Lance at the pulpit that’s circulating on social media. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "Duck boat victims include 9 from one family, ship's driver, tourists," 21 July 2018 But even in King’s day, movements couldn’t be reduced to a face on TV or a voice at the pulpit. Washington Post, "Today’s protests: Many voices, social media, not 1 leader," 22 June 2018 In the spring, skunk cabbage was coming up, Jack-in-the-pulpit. Thomas Gebremedhin, WSJ, "Q&A With Glenn Close: The Star of ‘The Wife’," 17 Aug. 2018 Before coming to Temple Sholom in 2009, Mark served pulpits in Warren, NJ, Fayetteville, NC and, for 22 years, in Portsmouth, NH. Sergio Carmona, Jewish Journal, "Rabbi bringing people together through discussions," 22 June 2018 Harriet Tubman reenactor Daisy Century commands the pulpit for Sunday’s sermon to recount Tubman’s life story in a child-friendly performance. Claire Wolters, Philly.com, "Celebrate Juneteenth at these six family events," 15 June 2018 For more than a century, the converted tabernacle has been filling its pews and placing on the pulpit the biggest names in music—from Chris Stapleton to Foo Fighters. Kristin Luna, Condé Nast Traveler, "11 Best Live Music Venues in Nashville," 27 Feb. 2018 Jon Michael Hill is Reverend Wheeler, dispensing zestful hypocrisy from his pulpit. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Widows’ Review: Mourning Loss, Seizing Power," 14 Nov. 2018 But even during Franklin's funeral, the absence of black women in the pulpit was evident. Corey Williams, Fox News, "For black women at church, it's more than the Aretha eulogy," 9 Sep. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of pulpit

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


pul·​pit | \ ˈpu̇l-ˌpit \

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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