frithstool

[ frith-stoo l ]
/ ˈfrɪθˌstʊl /
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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. frisée,
  2. frit,
  3. frit fly,
  4. frites,
  5. frith,
  6. fritillaria,
  7. fritillary,
  8. frittata,
  9. fritter,
  10. fritter away

Origin of frithstool

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

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Examples from the Web for frithstool

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