- any of the benches with a back that are fixed in rows in a church
- any of the boxlike enclosures with seats, in some churches, for the use as of a particular family
Origin of pewMiddle English pewe ; from Old French puie, balcony, balustrade ; from Classical Latin podia, plural of podium, balcony: see podium
- One of the long, fixed, backed benches that are arranged in rows for the seating of a congregation in church.
- An enclosed compartment in a church that provides seating for a number of people, such as a family.
Origin of pewMiddle English pewe, probably from Old French puie, balcony, from Latin podia, pl. of podium, balcony; see podium.
- One of the long benches in a church, seating several persons, usually fixed to the floor and facing the chancel.
- In many churches some pews are reserved for either clerical or liturgical officials such as canons, or for prominent families
- An enclosed compartment in a church which provides seating for a group of people, often a prominent family.
- Any structure shaped like a church pew, such as a stall, formerly used by money lenders, etc.; a box in a theatre; or a pen or sheepfold.
(third-person singular simple present pews, present participle pewing, simple past and past participle pewed)
- To furnish with pews.
From Middle English pewe, from Middle French puie (“balustrade"), from Latin podia, plural of podium (“parapet, podium"), from Ancient Greek Ï€ÏŒÎ´Î¹Î¿Î½ (podion, “little foot"), from Ï€Î¿ÏÏ‚ (pous, “foot").
- An expression of disgust in response to an unpleasant odor.
- A surname.