prie-dieu(redirected from prie-dieux)
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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).]
(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]
n → Betpult nt