[pool-pit, puhl-]
a platform or raised structure in a church, from which the sermon is delivered or the service is conducted.
the pulpit.
the clerical profession; the ministry.
members of the clergy collectively: In attendance were representatives of medicine, the pulpit, and the bar.
(especially in Protestantism and Judaism) the position of pastor or rabbi: He heard of a pulpit in Chicago that was about to be vacated.
a safety rail rising about 18 to 30 inches (48 to 76 cm) from the deck near the bow and extending around it.
a similar rail at the stern.
a control booth in a factory, usually elevated and glass-enclosed, from which an operator can observe and direct the manufacturing process.

1300–50; Middle English < Late Latin pulpitum pulpit, Latin: platform, stage

pulpital, adjective
pulpitless, adjective
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pulpit (ˈpʊlpɪt)
1.  a raised platform, usually surrounded by a barrier, set up in churches as the appointed place for preaching, leading in prayer, etc
2.  any similar raised structure, such as a lectern
3.  a medium for expressing an opinion, such as a column in a newspaper
4.  the pulpit
 a.  the preaching of the Christian message
 b.  the clergy or their message and influence
[C14: from Latin pulpitum a platform]

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., from L.L. pulpitum "raised structure on which preachers stand," in classical L. "scaffold, platform for actors," of unknown origin. Also borrowed in M.H.G. as pulpit (Ger. Pult "desk"). Sense of "Christian preachers and ministers generally" is from 1560s.
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Bible Dictionary

Pulpit definition

(Neh. 8:4). (See EZRA.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Encyclopedia Britannica


in Western church architecture, an elevated and enclosed platform from which the sermon is delivered during a service

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Example sentences
He said that he should never resume pastoral work, and this sermon therefore
  marked his retirement from the pulpit.
The thing is, you have a sanctioned pulpit from which to speak regularly.
He had said such things from the pulpit in the past.
In a fun way, without my having to resort to the role of the bully in the
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