(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.’
Mid 17th century via medieval Latin from Greek ambōn ‘rim’ (in medieval Greek ‘pulpit’).
1Australian informal A member of an ambulance crew; a paramedic.
- ‘ambos will not tolerate any situation where patient safety is compromised’
- 1.1An ambulance.
- ‘he saw two ambos and a firetruck parked on the terminal’
1970s abbreviation of ambulance.