noun fald·stool \ˈfȯl(d)-ˌstül\

Definition of faldstool

  1. 1 :  a folding stool or chair; specifically :  one used by a bishop

  2. 2 :  a folding stool or small desk at which one kneels during devotions; especially :  one used by the sovereigns of England at their coronation

  3. 3 :  the desk from which the litany is read in Anglican churches

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Origin and Etymology of faldstool

Medieval Latin faldistolium, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German faltistuol folding chair, from falt (akin to Old High German faldan to fold) + stuol chair — more at fold, stool

First Known Use: 1603

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