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pew

 (pyo͞o)
n.
1. One of the long, fixed, backed benches that are arranged in rows for the seating of a congregation in church.
2. An enclosed compartment in a church that provides seating for a number of people, such as a family.

[Middle English pewe, probably from Old French puie, balcony, from Latin podia, pl. of podium, balcony; see podium.]

pew

(pjuː)
n
1. (Furniture) (in a church)
a. one of several long benchlike seats with backs, used by the congregation
b. an enclosed compartment reserved for the use of a family or other small group
2. informal Brit a seat (esp in the phrase take a pew)
[C14 pywe, from Old French puye, from Latin podium a balcony, from Greek podion supporting structure, from pous foot]

pew

(pyu)

n.
1. (in a church) one of a number of fixed benches with backs, accessible by aisles, for the use of the congregation.
2. an enclosure with seats in a church, assigned to the use of a family or other group of worshipers.
[1350–1400; Middle English puwe < Middle French puie balcony < Latin podia, pl. (taken in Vulgar Latin as fem singular) of podium balcony. See podium]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pew - long bench with backspew - long bench with backs; used in church by the congregation
bench - a long seat for more than one person
Translations
مَقْعَد خَشَبي في الكَنيسَه
lavice
kirkebænk
kirkjubekkur
klauptas
baznīcas sols
baheikesjakkeskerkbank
kyrkbänk
kilise sırası

pew

[pjuː] N (in church) → banco m (de iglesia)
take a pew! (hum) → ¡siéntate!

pew

[ˈpjuː] nbanc m (d'église)

pew

n (Eccl) → (Kirchen)bank f; (hum: = chair) → Platz m; take a pew! (hum)lass dich nieder! (hum)

pew

[pjuː] n (in church) → banco
take a pew! (fig) (fam) → accomodati!, siediti!

pew

(pjuː) noun
a seat or bench in a church.
References in classic literature ?
I quickened our step; I wanted to get there before the question between us opened up much further; I reflected hungrily that, for more than an hour, he would have to be silent; and I thought with envy of the comparative dusk of the pew and of the almost spiritual help of the hassock on which I might bend my knees.
We arrived in considerable style, too, for the landlord had ordered the first carriage that could be found, since there was no time to lose, and our coachman was so splendidly liveried that we were probably mistaken for a brace of stray dukes; why else were we honored with a pew all to ourselves, away up among the very elect at the left of the chancel?
The family pew was a misery to him, yet he could nevermore enter into the solacing refuge of the "nigger gallery"--that was closed to him for good and all.
In the midst of the prayer a fly had lit on the back of the pew in front of him and tortured his spirit by calmly rubbing its hands together, embracing its head with its arms, and polishing it so vigorously that it seemed to almost part company with the body, and the slender thread of a neck was exposed to view; scraping its wings with its hind legs and smoothing them to its body as if they had been coat-tails; going through its whole toilet as tranquilly as if it knew it was perfectly safe.
The class to which she belonged had to read a difficult chapter of Scripture in rotation, and the various members spent an arduous Sabbath afternoon counting out verses according to their seats in the pew, and practicing the ones that would inevitably fall to them.
His extreme attention to my mother wanting her to sit in the vicarage pew, that she might hear the better, for my mother is a little deaf, you knowit is not much, but she does not hear quite quick.
reiterated Pew, striking with his stick upon the road.
He saw, in a vision, the family pew, the somnolent cushions, the Bibles, the psalm-books, Maria with her smelling-salts, his father sitting spectacled and critical; and at once he was struck with indignation, not unjustly.
After she had made a curtsey at the threshold, she would walk up the aisle between the double lines of chairs, open Madame Aubain's pew, sit down and look around.
While these aged mourners were passing up the aisle, it was observed that, from pew to pew, the spectators shuddered with irrepressible awe, as some object, hitherto concealed by the intervening figures, came full in sight.
Donnithorne's own pew had handsome crimson cloth cushions; and, to close the vista, there was a crimson altar-cloth, embroidered with golden rays by Miss Lydia's own hand.
Does he know whether the sheriff has fairly made up his mind to have a reading desk or a deacon’s pew under the pulpit?