\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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Nearly forty minutes later, the people were astonished to find Little St. Don still standing on that pew, still talking. George Saunders, The New Yorker, "Little St. Don," 19 Feb. 2016 The pews were filled with the men who had been the boys from the local baseball diamonds and neighborhood basketball courts. Thomas Farragher,, "Paul Sullivan died in Vietnam 50 years ago. And his family has kept his memory alive ever since," 22 June 2018 Outside the family’s home, the same photograph that was taped to their church pew was hanging outside the front door. New York Times, "Town Grieves for a Father and His Four Daughters," 8 July 2018 There was spirited bidding and some wealthy Methodists paid $5,460 for their own pews. Jacques Kelly,, "Jacques Kelly: Mount Vernon Place church needs some saving grace," 29 June 2018 Some evangelical pastors lamented that many in their pews aren’t focused on the immigration debate. Michelle Boorstein, Washington Post, "Why many white evangelicals are not protesting family separations on the U.S. border," 18 June 2018 Gray said, seated in a pew on a hot July afternoon. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "A daughter of Detroit defies odds, takes car industry into the future," 13 July 2018 The day started for Cantrell with the traditional Inauguration Mass at St. Louis Cathedral, with the mayor and her family seated in the front right pew and outgoing Mayor Mitch Landrieu and his wife Cheryl on the opposite side of the aisle. Kevin Litten,, "New Mayor LaToya Cantrell takes office: New Orleans 'A city open to all'," 7 May 2018 In the amphitheater, the Academy’s highest perch, 529 seats will be replaced, but the long, antique, pew-like wood backs of seating rows will be kept. Peter Dobrin,, "Academy of Music is replacing its lumpy old seats - and, no, you're not getting cup holders," 12 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of pew

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


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Kids Definition of pew

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

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