- a chair or seat, originally one capable of being folded, used by a bishop or other prelate when officiating in his own church away from his throne or in a church not his own.
- a movable folding stool or desk at which worshipers kneel during certain acts of devotion.
- such a stool placed at the south side of the altar, at which the kings or queens of England kneel at their coronation.
- a desk at which the litany is said or sung.
Origin of faldstool
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Examples from the Web for faldstool
One is the Litany-desk, or faldstool,—as it is called in the Coronation Service.Stones of the Temple
Passing the chapel, the king caught sight of the Duchess Isabella at her faldstool.The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci
Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky
In the intervals, angels seated on faldstool thrones, and bearing stars; also two popinjays.Needlework As Art
The chaplain knelt beneath the altar; and the Prince knelt down at the faldstool, the Duke beside him on the floor.Paul the Minstrel and Other Stories
Arthur Christopher Benson
We see the husband and wife kneeling facing each other, with a faldstool before each figure.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
- a backless seat, sometimes capable of being folded, used by bishops and certain other prelates
C11 fyldestol, probably a translation of Medieval Latin faldistolium folding stool, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German faldstuol
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