See also: púlpit
From Middle English pulpit, from Old French pulpite and Latin pulpitum (“platform”). Doublet of pulpitum.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈpʊlpɪt/, /ˈpʌlpɪt/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈpʊlpɪt/, /ˈpʌlpɪt/
Audio (GA) (file)
- Rhymes: -ʊlpɪt, -ʌlpɪt
- Hyphenation: pul‧pit
pulpit (plural pulpits)
- A raised platform in a church, usually enclosed, where the minister or preacher stands when giving the sermon.
- 1915, Russell H. Conwell; Robert Shackleton, chapter IV, in Acres of Diamonds, His Life and Achievements:
- Always, whether in the pulpit or on the platform, as in private conversation, there is an absolute simplicity about the man and his words; a simplicity, an earnestness, a complete honesty.
- 1930, Norman Lindsay, Redheap, Sydney, N.S.W.: Ure Smith, published 1965, →OCLC, page 12:
- [H]is `Amens' were ejected at the pulpit with the severity of a reprimand.
- Activity performed from a church pulpit, in other words, preaching, sermons, religious teaching, the preaching profession, preachers collectively or an individual preaching position; by extension: bully pulpit.
- A raised desk, lectern, or platform for an orator or public speaker.
- (nautical) The railing at the bow of a boat, which sometimes extends past the deck. It is sometimes referred to as bow pulpit. The railing at the stern of the boat is sometimes referred to as a stern pulpit; other texts use the term pushpit.
- A bow platform for harpooning.
- (UK military slang, dated) A plane's cockpit.
- 1941 March 24, Life, page 85:
- In the slang of the Royal Air Force man, the cockpit of his plane is the ‘pulpit’ or ‘office’, the glass covering over it the ‘greenhouse’.
raised platform in church
raised base for a speaker
nautical: railing at the bow
bow platform for harpooning
plane's cockpit — see cockpit
- A pulpit (podium for religious oratory)
- A podium for non-religious oratory.
- (rare) A seat in a church for royalty.
- “pulpit, n.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 2019-01-18.
Borrowed from Latin pulpitum. Doublet of pult.
pulpit m inan (diminutive pulpicik)
Declension of pulpit