frithstool

[ frith-stool ]
/ ˈfrɪθˌstʊl /

noun

(in Anglo-Saxon England) a seat in a church, placed near the altar, for persons who claimed the right of sanctuary.

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Origin of frithstool

before 1000; Old English frithstōl, equivalent to frith peace, security (akin to Old Norse frithr,Gothic Frithareiks Frederick; see friend) + stōlstool

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Example sentences from the Web for frithstool

  • There was a frithstool endowed with similar privileges at York Minster, and another at Durham.