prie-dieu

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prie-dieu

 (prē-dyœ′)
n. pl. prie-dieus or prie-dieux (-dyœz′)
1. A narrow, desklike kneeling bench with space above for a book or the elbows, for use by a person at prayer.
2. An armless, upholstered chair with a high straight back and a low seat.

[French prie-Dieu : prier, to pray (from Old French, from Latin precārī; see pray) + Dieu, God (from Old French; see adieu).]

prie-dieu

(priːˈdjɜː)
n
(Furniture) a piece of furniture consisting of a low surface for kneeling upon and a narrow front surmounted by a rest for the elbows or for books, for use when praying
[C18: from French, from prier to pray + Dieu God]

prie-dieu

(ˈpriˈdyʊ; Fr. priˈdyœ)

n., pl. -dieus, -dieux (-ˈdyʊz) Fr. -dieu.
a piece of furniture for kneeling on during prayer, having a rest above, as for a book.
[1750–60; < French: literally, pray God]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.prie-dieu - low bench for kneeling onprie-dieu - low bench for kneeling on    
bench - a long seat for more than one person
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A bed without curtains, four arm-chairs, and a couch, covered with yellow Utrecht velvet, composed, with a prie-Dieu, all its furniture.
The woman kneels on a prie-dieu of painted wood and at a short distance from her stands the young girl, leaning against a chair, weeping.
With a bow to the Abbot, which had in it perhaps more pleasantry than reverence, the novice strode across to the carved prie-dieu which had been set apart for him, and stood silent and erect with his hand upon the gold bell which was used in the private orisons of the Abbot's own household.