fald·​stool ˈfȯl(d)-ˌstül How to pronounce faldstool (audio)
: a folding stool or chair
specifically : one used by a bishop
: a folding stool or small desk at which one kneels during devotions
especially : one used by the sovereigns of England at their coronation
: the desk from which the litany is read in Anglican churches

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Word History


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, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
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 1 Dec. 2023.

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