[poo l-pit, puhl-] /ˈpʊl pɪt, ˈpʌl-/

a platform or raised structure in a church, from which the sermon is delivered or the service is conducted.
the pulpit.

(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 control booth in a factory, usually elevated and glass-enclosed, from which an operator can observe and direct the manufacturing process.
a raised platform, usually surrounded by a barrier, set up in churches as the appointed place for preaching, leading in prayer, etc
any similar raised structure, such as a lectern
a medium for expressing an opinion, such as a column in a newspaper
the pulpit


early 14c., from Late Latin pulpitum “raised structure on which preachers stand,” in classical Latin “scaffold; stage, platform for actors,” of unknown origin. Also borrowed in Middle High German as pulpit (German Pult “desk”). Sense of “Christian preachers and ministers generally” is from 1560s. Pulpiteer, old contemptuous term for “professional preacher,” is recorded from 1640s.

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


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