: a compartment in the auditorium of a church providing seats for several persons
: one of the benches with backs and sometimes doors fixed in rows in a church

Examples of pew in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The explosion flung cast-iron slugs that had been encased with the dynamite across the interior, destroying three nearby pews, and ripped a hole in the stone floor more than a square foot in size. Steven Johnson, New York Times, 17 May 2024 The pews inside Temple Beth Sholom in Miami Beach were packed with people who had lined up to pay their respects to the family of Ella Riley Adler, a freshman at Ransom Everglades School in Coconut Grove and a member of its dance team. Omar Rodríguez Ortiz and, Miami Herald, 14 May 2024 Video of that would-be shooting showed the moment the man's gun jammed as the deacon dove over a pew and tackled him. Omar Villafranca, CBS News, 13 May 2024 The pews were full for a crowd-pleasing program of emotional music. Tim Greiving, Los Angeles Times, 8 May 2024 If there is no time to do that, get under the seats or pews, protecting your head with your arms or hands. Claire Reid, Journal Sentinel, 7 May 2024 After Ferreira’s and Sardelli’s speeches, the pews emptied as everyone stood to applause. Julia Coin, Charlotte Observer, 3 May 2024 The third and final image shows Pinault placing a wedding ring on Hayek's finger while standing at an altar with friends and family looking on from the pews. Chris Barilla, Peoplemag, 25 Apr. 2024 Residual emotions from weddings and funerals and the passions of thousands of services all sleep, awakening when the open-minded pack the pews. Jonathan Rowe, SPIN, 4 Apr. 2024

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Word History


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, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pew was in the 14th century

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“Pew.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pew. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


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

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