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.
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How to use faldstool in a sentence
We see the husband and wife kneeling facing each other, with a faldstool before each figure.English Villages | P. H. Ditchfield
Medieval Latin constructed the compound faldestolium, whence our ecclesiastical faldstool, a litany desk.The Romance of Words (4th ed.) | Ernest Weekley
One is the Litany-desk, or faldstool,—as it is called in the Coronation Service.Stones of the Temple | Walter Field
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
Passing the chapel, the king caught sight of the Duchess Isabella at her faldstool.The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci | Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky
British Dictionary definitions for faldstool
a backless seat, sometimes capable of being folded, used by bishops and certain other prelates
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