pul·pit /ˈpʊlˌpɪt ||ˈpʌl, pət/
1. An elevated place, or inclosed stage, in a church, in which the clergyman stands while preaching.
I stand like a clerk in my pulpit. --Chaucer.
2. The whole body of the clergy; preachers as a class; also, preaching.
I say the pulpit (in the sober use
Of its legitimate, peculiar powers)
Must stand acknowledged, while the world shall stand,
The most important and effectual guard,
Support, and ornament of virtue's cause. --Cowper.
3. A desk, or platform, for an orator or public speaker.
Pul·pit, a. Of or pertaining to the pulpit, or preaching; as, a pulpit orator; pulpit eloquence.
n : a platform raised above the surrounding level to give
prominence to the person on it [syn: dais, podium, rostrum,
ambo, stump, soapbox]
(Neh. 8:4). (See EZRA.)