Definition of pew in English:


Syllabification: pew
Pronunciation: /pyo͞o


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.
1.1An enclosure or compartment containing a number of seats, used in some churches to seat a particular worshiper or group of worshipers.
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  • The director was to sit in an enclosed pew at the rear of the church.
  • Soon after being seated, down the main aisle to his pew walked Mark Twain, 24 with his big head of bushy hair.
  • Due to the pews being boxed, and most of them privately owned, by 1860 there was not enough room for the non-pew-owners to come for worship.
1.2 (the pews) The congregation of a church: the pews settled down
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  • The lord will transfer power from the pulpit to the pews, he will only reveal himself to hungry people.


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

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