pew

noun
\ 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 Segar moved through the line quickly from sign-up to shot to a 15-minute observation period, which Segar spent in a church pew. Alex Mann, baltimoresun.com, 14 Apr. 2021 On that Sunday morning at The Arsenal, a diverse array of around 40 congregants sat masked and socially distanced at every other pew, most of them young like Belew with T-shirts and tattoos. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, 29 Apr. 2021 Every other pew was kept empty and masks were mandatory. Time, 5 Apr. 2021 Hillman walked down from the podium and handed a microphone to George McGinnis, who stood up in a pew with a walker. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, 22 Apr. 2021 The photo of the 94-year-old dressed in black and sitting alone in a pew came paradoxically as England’s pubs, restaurants, hairdressers, gyms, nonessential shops and theme parks reopened to the public following three national lockdowns. Washington Post, 19 Apr. 2021 The photo, of the 94-year-old dressed in black and sitting alone in a pew, came paradoxically as England's pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and theme parks reopened to the public following three national lockdowns. BostonGlobe.com, 19 Apr. 2021 Inside the church they were hustled up to a front pew by a Dutch person in a red-denim blazer. Elizabeth Mccracken, The Atlantic, 8 Apr. 2021 Every other pew was kept empty and masks were mandatory. Time, 5 Apr. 2021

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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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19 May 2021

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“Pew.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pew. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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pew

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pew

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

pew

noun
\ ˈpyü How to pronounce pew (audio) \

Kids Definition of pew

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

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