Definition of faldstool in English:

faldstool

Line breaks: fald|stool
Pronunciation: /ˈfɔːldstuːl
 
/

noun

1A folding chair used by a bishop when not occupying the throne or when officiating in a church other than his own.
More example sentences
  • A faldstool is prescribed by the old English Ritual in the consecration of a bishop.
  • The Celebrant will be a Cardinal and will sit at the faldstool on the Epistle side...The rite of Pontifical Mass at the faldstool will be followed.
2A small movable folding desk or stool for kneeling at prayer.
More example sentences
  • In the modern practice of the Church of England, the term faldstool is given to the reading desk from which the litany is read.
  • Two types of furniture predominate, the shriving stall in some Suffolk churches, and the faldstool elsewhere.

Origin

late Old English fældestōl, of Germanic origin, from the base of fold1 and stool, influenced by medieval Latin faldistolium, from Germanic.

Definition of faldstool in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day meretricious
Pronunciation: ˌmɛrɪˈtrɪʃəs
adjective
apparently attractive but having no real value...