Definition of ambo in English:



  • (in an early Christian church) an oblong pulpit with steps at each end.

    • ‘The raised central platform or predella has the ambo at one end and the altar at the other.’
    • ‘Ray Carroll designed the altar, tabernacle, ambo and chair.’
    • ‘Early Christian churches had no pulpits other than the ambos where scriptures could be read.’
    • ‘Preparations continue in the locality and the church is looking resplendent with a new altar, tabernacle and ambo as well as a new carpet.’
    • ‘Opposite, a humbler twelfth-century ambo has a paired mosaic motif, showing Jonah being eaten and then regurgitated by a twirly-tailed whale.’


Mid 17th century: via medieval Latin from Greek ambōn rim (in medieval Greek pulpit).