\ 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

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At Kyle's funeral, where hundreds of people turned out to say goodbye to the boy who spent Sunday mornings in the front pews of the same church, Jill Plush recounted their special goodnight. Sharon Coolidge,, "After 911 calls fail to save 16-year-old Kyle Plush, his parents sue Cincinnati to get answers they were promised, but never got," 9 Aug. 2019 Conservative churches have become places where voter guides distributed in the pews steered millions of congregants toward Republican candidates. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, "Cradles, Pews and the Societal Shifts Coming to Politics," 24 June 2019 On Sunday mornings, the adults in the lower pews kept their eyes fixed on the pulpit, while the teenagers sat upstairs, trading handwritten notes and giggling. Meghan E. Irons,, "Martin Luther King Jr. honed his command of the pulpit in Roxbury," 31 Mar. 2018 Flowers and his family have been regular churchgoers for as long as anyone in Huntsville can remember, so much so that the first pew at Union Chapel Missionary Baptist Church is, for all practical purposes, reserved for them. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Kerryon Johnson, Trey Flowers and a Detroit Lions takeover at an Alabama church," 8 Sep. 2019 Thirty minutes into the service, church ushers were still escorting people into pews brimming with others who came to pay their last respects. John Tufts, USA TODAY, "‘A beautiful soul’: Mourners gather to remember 15-year-old victim of Texas shooting," 3 Sep. 2019 But many churches that had every pew packed at the height of the baby-boom are only a few decades behind 1890s inner-city parishes in decline. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Weighing the value of what we spend," 18 Aug. 2019 But the cavernous house of worship is covered on the inside with quatrefoil window shades that send sunlight cascading across a stone altar, wooden pews and prominent steel crucifix. Washington Post, "Iconic glass-paned church converted to Catholic cathedral," 9 July 2019 This was their church. *** Some remaining St. Francis parishioners grew up between its pews., "Reverence and resistance in one of Portland’s oldest Catholic churches," 11 Aug. 2019

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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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