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-dieu (audio)
(ˌ)prē-ˈdyə(z),
prē-ˈdyœ(z)
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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Word History

Etymology

French, literally, pray God

First Known Use

1714, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of prie-dieu was in 1714

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“Prie-dieu.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prie-dieu. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

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