ETYM Latin pulpitum: cf. Old Fren. pulpite, French pulpitre.
1. An elevated place in a church, in which the clergyman stands while preaching.
2. The whole body of the clergy; preachers as a class; also, preaching.
3. 4. (Fig.) An office or condition of public prominence in which a person can gain wide public attention, thereby allowing one to exhort the public on moral or political matters.