Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) long bench with backs; used in church by the congregation

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Synonyms of Pew

church bench

Alternate forms of Pew

Hypernyms: bench

Origin of the word Pew

  1. 1393, "raised, enclosed seat for certain worshippers" (ladies, important men, etc.), from O.Fr. puie, puy "balcony, elevation," from L. podia, pl. of podium "elevated place," also "balcony in a Roman theater" (see podium). Meaning "fixed bench with a back, for a number of worshippers" is attested from 1631. more

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