faldstool

noun
fald·​stool | \ ˈfȯl(d)-ˌstül How to pronounce faldstool (audio) \

Definition of faldstool

1 : a folding stool or chair specifically : one used by a bishop
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 : the desk from which the litany is read in Anglican churches

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First Known Use of faldstool

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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The first known use of faldstool was in 1603

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“Faldstool.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/faldstool. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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