AskDefine | Define ambo

Dictionary Definition

ambo n : a platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it [syn: dais, podium, pulpit, rostrum, stump, soapbox]

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Etymology 1

From late Latin ambo, from (ambon).


  1. A raised platform in an early Christian church; a podium or pulpit.
    • 1918: ‘It will get better somehow,’ he thought, and went to the ambo. On going up the steps and turning to the right he saw the priest. — Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina, tr. Louise & Aylmer Maude (Oxford 1998, p. 438)
    • 1997: the Emperor arrived and instead of moving directly to his seat climbed to the top level of the ambo, the great three-decker pulpit of polychrome marble. — John Julius Norwich, A Short History of Byzantium (Penguin 1998, p. 150)

Etymology 2

Shortening of ambulance + -o.


  1. An ambulance driver.





  1. double (in various games)



  1. suit.

See also

Extensive Definition

Ambo may refer to:
ambo in German: Ambo
ambo in Spanish: Ambo
ambo in Italian: Ambone
ambo in Luxembourgish: Ambo
ambo in Hungarian: Ambó
ambo in Dutch: Ambo
ambo in Swedish: Ambo
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