Definition of pew
1 : a compartment in the auditorium of a church providing seats for several persons
2 : one of the benches with backs and sometimes doors fixed in rows in a church
Recent Examples of pew from the Web
Black undergraduates held a separate event that night amid the polished pews and Greek columns of Memorial Church, Harvard’s spiritual center and the backdrop for Mr. Zuckerberg’s address.
The man sitting next to me in one of the back pews laughed – as did many of the others in the room.
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Origin and Etymology of pew
Middle English pewe, from Middle French dialect (Picardy) puie balustrade, from Latin podia, plural of podium parapet, podium, from Greek podion base, diminutive of pod-, pous foot — more at foot
First Known Use: 14th century
PEW Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of pew for English Language Learners
: one of the benches that are placed in rows in a church
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Definition of pew for Students
: one of the benches with backs and sometimes doors set in rows in a church
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