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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 Hap, Hap’s gay son, Hap’s gay son’s husband, Hap’s black grandchild and Hap’s mixed-race grandchild all knelt in his regular pew, right-hand side (St. Joseph’s) back about 12 rows. Kevin Fisher-paulson,, "Fisher-Paulson: Race conflict can’t be fixed overnight, and we won’t ignore it," 9 June 2020 The congregation of around 400 people, some of them with scratchy cloth for a pew, others luxuriating on plush leather, watched Pastor Wilson’s sermon from behind the windscreens of their cars. The Economist, "Parking it Drive-in shows, films, meals and even worship help ease lockdowns," 24 May 2020 Between 500 and 600 worshipers filled its pews most Sundays before the virus locked down New York City, an epicenter of the pandemic. Ray Sanchez, CNN, "9 coronavirus deaths in one Harlem church overwhelm pastor and his flock," 18 Apr. 2020 Curreri left the stage and went back to his pew to take his seat next to Sproule. Brendan Fitzgerald, Longreads, "“I miss my body when it was ferocious” The Transfiguration of Paul Curreri," 14 Mar. 2020 For the services held Saturday and Sunday, parishioners were seated one by one, according to social distancing guidelines, with every other pew blocked off. NBC News, "Texas churches feel hope again as reopenings transform in-person services," 7 May 2020 The barback is made of tobacco barn wood; pews from St. Vincent de Paul's original church line one of the walls for seating. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, "The coronavirus didn't stop a Clifton brewery from opening. Now it's a hit," 7 May 2020 In Montgomery, churches could have alternating rows of pews roped off and pillows placed in the others, asking only family members to sit together. Dennis Pillion |, al, "The new normal: How Alabama might reopen after coronavirus lockdowns," 19 Apr. 2020 Staver argued that members of the church went to great lengths to ensure social distancing measures were enforced, including separating parishioners in their pews and administering hand sanitizer to all who attended. Spencer Neale, Washington Examiner, "Kentucky church readies lawsuit against state after police 'target individuals' in Easter coronavirus row," 14 Apr. 2020

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

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23 Jun 2020

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“Pew.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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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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