[ fawld-stool ]
/ ˈfɔldˌstul /


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.

Nearby words

  1. falcular,
  2. falda,
  3. falderal,
  4. falderol,
  5. faldo,
  6. falerii,
  7. falernian,
  8. falieri,
  9. faliero, marino,
  10. faliraki

Origin of faldstool

1595–1605; < Medieval Latin faldistolium < West Germanic *faldistōl (compare Old High German faltistuol, late Old English fældestōl, fyldestōl); see fold1, stool; cf. fauteuil

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British Dictionary definitions for faldstool


/ (ˈfɔːldˌstuːl) /


a backless seat, sometimes capable of being folded, used by bishops and certain other prelates

Word Origin for faldstool

C11 fyldestol, probably a translation of Medieval Latin faldistolium folding stool, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German faldstuol

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