Definition of pew in English:


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Pronunciation: /pjuː


1A long bench with a back, placed in rows in the main part of some churches to seat the congregation.
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  • The congregation replaced stationary pews with ‘Danish modern’ wooden chairs that could be positioned in any arrangement.
  • They spent six months restoring the pulpit, wall panelling, lecterns, pews, tables and wall plaques to their former glory.
  • There was only a handful of people in the congregation, sitting on pews toward the front of the nave.
1.1British informal A seat: ‘Take a pew. What’ll you have?’
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  • If you want to observe each and every angle of the view offered without so much as moving your feet, take a pew at the revolving café and sip a coffee while enjoying the view bit by bit.
  • Be my guest, relax and take a pew: we've a lot to talk about!


late Middle English (originally denoting a raised, enclosed place in a church, provided for particular worshippers): from Old French puye 'balcony', from Latin podia, plural of podium 'elevated place'.

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