Definition of pew noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//pjuː//
; NAmE NAmE//pjuː//
Religious buildings, Religious items
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  • a long wooden seat in a church See related entries: Religious buildings, Religious items
  • Word Originlate Middle English (originally denoting a raised, enclosed place in a church, provided for particular worshippers): from Old French puye ‘balcony’, from Latin podia, plural of podium ‘elevated place’.Extra examples sitting in the front pew Come in and take a pew. Can I get you a cup of tea? The first two rows of pews were occupied by the families of the bride and groom.Idioms (British English, informal, humorous) used to tell somebody to sit down See related entries: Religious buildings
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