: a compartment in the auditorium of a church providing seats for several persons
: 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 Among the church pews there was Rubin, looking satisfied with this first taste of the event. Billboard Italy, Billboard, 27 June 2024 One of his favorite pieces is an old two-seater church pew. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, 20 June 2024 Going as far back as 100 years ago, Evangelicals have taken the gospel directly to the public, rather than just expecting people to show up in the pews. Lauren Costantino, Miami Herald, 16 June 2024 More than a thousand attendees spilling out of its pews was not an uncommon sight in the 1960s, Talton wrote in his blog. Jose R. Gonzalez, The Arizona Republic, 26 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for pew 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Pew.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pew. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


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

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