[ frith-stool ]

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

Origin of frithstool

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

Words Nearby frithstool Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use frithstool in a sentence

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