\ ˈpyü How to pronounce pew (audio) \

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

Examples of pew in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The queen sat alone in a pew, wearing a black face mask, in keeping with national restrictions. Washington Post, 31 May 2022 The president shared a front row pew with former President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, the Clintons, Chelsea Clinton and former Vice President Al Gore. Amy Nakamura, USA TODAY, 27 Apr. 2022 The gifts of reimagining worship, of recognizing that the spirit of God is within and that we’re connected by our humanity, by our breath, and not only by a pew or a temple or a synagogue or a mosque or a church. New York Times, 9 Apr. 2022 Nearly an hour before the ceremony was scheduled to begin, the building was close to capacity, with friends and family squeezed five to a pew to make room for new arrivals. Globe Staff,, 4 Mar. 2022 Because if one in eight people experience disability, there should be one in every pew. Sophy Chaffee, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 May 2022 The funeral was televised, leaving the nation with a poignant image of the queen sitting alone in her pew at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, 29 Mar. 2022 Philip’s funeral a year ago, when the pandemic required the queen to sit alone, masked, on a lonely pew at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. Washington Post, 29 Mar. 2022 According to documents released by the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office in October, Baldwin was sitting in a church pew and rehearsing a scene that involved drawing a revolver and pointing it at the camera. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 15 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of pew

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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“Pew.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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

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