Prie-dieu meaning

prē-dyœ'
A narrow, desklike kneeling bench with space above for a book or the elbows, for use by a person at prayer.
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An armless, upholstered chair with a high straight back and a low seat.
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A narrow, upright frame with a lower ledge for kneeling on at prayer and an upper ledge, as for a book.
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A piece of furniture on which someone can pray, consisting of a cushioned area to kneel on, with a built-in ledge for books.
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Origin of prie-dieu

  • French prie-Dieu prier to pray (from Old French) (from Latin precārī pray) Dieu God (from Old French adieu)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From French prie-Dieu, from prie (“pray") + Dieu (“God").
    From Wiktionary
  • French, literally "pray God".
    From Wiktionary