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

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Right-wing internet phenomena, bolstered by Trump’s own tweets, have found their way straight to the pulpit. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "What one pastor’s anti-Nike protest says about religion and nationalism in America," 14 Sep. 2018 The pastors who made the Baylor list had plenty of pulpit chops to call on. John Blake, CNN, "These are the 12 most 'effective' preachers in the English language," 1 May 2018 Clergy members have become spiritual first responders in the opioid crisis, often leaving the pulpit to minister on the streets. Michael Hill, The Seattle Times, "Amid drug crisis, spiritual first responders hit the streets," 13 Nov. 2018 But many are denied true leadership roles — and in some cases, women are asked to deliver sermons from the church floor, rather than the pulpit. Corey Williams, Fox News, "For black women at church, it's more than the Aretha eulogy," 9 Sep. 2018 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

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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 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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to take the place or position of

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