Main definitions of ambo in English

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ambo1

Pronunciation /ˈambō/ /ˈæmboʊ/

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nounambos, ambones

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

    ‘Early Christian churches had no pulpits other than the ambos where scriptures could be read.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Main definitions of ambo in English

: ambo1ambo2

ambo2

Pronunciation /ˈambō/ /ˈæmboʊ/

See synonyms for ambo on Thesaurus.com

nounambos

  • 1Australian informal A member of an ambulance crew; a paramedic.

    • ‘ambos will not tolerate any situation where patient safety is compromised’
    1. 1.1An ambulance.
      • ‘he saw two ambos and a firetruck parked on the terminal’

Origin

1970s abbreviation of ambulance.