pew

noun \ ˈpyü \

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

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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


PEW Defined for English Language Learners

pew

noun

Definition of pew for English Language Learners

  • : one of the benches that are placed in rows in a church


PEW Defined for Kids

pew

noun \ ˈpyü \

Definition of pew for Students

:one of the benches with backs and sometimes doors set in rows in a church


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