Meaning of pew by Wiktionary Dictionary
- ( US, UK ) IPA: /pjuː/, X-SAMPA: /pju:/
- Rhymes: -uː
- One of the long benches in a church, seating several persons, usually fixed to the floor and facing the chancel .
- An enclosed compartment in a church which provides seating for a group of people, often a prominent family.
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- Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967
- Pew ( pū ), n. [OE. pewe, OF. puie parapet, balustrade, balcony, fr. L. podium an elevated place, a jutty, balcony, a parapet or balcony in the circus, where the emperor and other distinguished persons sat, Gr. πόδιον, dim. of πούς, ποδός, foot; -- hence the Latin sense of a raised place ( orig. as a rest or support for the foot ). See Foot, and cf. Podium, Poy.]
1. One of the compartments in a church which are separated by low partitions, and have long seats upon which several persons may sit; -- sometimes called slip. Pews were originally made square, but are now usually long and narrow.
2. Any structure shaped like a church pew, as a stall, formerly used by money lenders, etc.; a box in theater; a pen; a sheepfold. [Obs.] Pepys. Milton.
Pew opener, an usher in a church. [Eng.] Dickens.
- Pew, v. t. To furnish with pews. [R.] Ash.
From Middle English pewe, from Middle French puie ( “balustrade” ), from Latin podia, plural of podium ( “parapet, podium” ), from Ancient Greek πόδιον ( podion, “little foot” ), from πούς ( pous, “foot” ) .
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