prie-dieu

noun
\ (ˌ)prē-ˈdyər How to pronounce prie-dieu (audio) , (ˌ)prē-ˈdyə, prē-ˈdyœ \
plural prie-dieux\ (ˌ)prē-​ˈdyər(z) How to pronounce prie-dieux (audio) , (ˌ)prē-​ˈdyə(z) , prē-​ˈdyœ(z) \

Definition of prie-dieu

1 : a kneeling bench designed for use by a person at prayer and fitted with a raised shelf on which the elbows or a book may be rested
2 : a low armless upholstered chair with a high straight back

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First Known Use of prie-dieu

1714, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for prie-dieu

French, literally, pray God

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“Prie-dieu.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prie-dieu. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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