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pew

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noun
  1. (in a church) one of a number of fixed, benchlike seats with backs, accessible by aisles, for the use of the congregation.
  2. an enclosed seat in a church, or an enclosure with seats, usually reserved for a family or other group of worshipers.
  3. those occupying pews; congregation.
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Origin of pew

1350–1400; Middle English puwe < Middle French puie balcony < Latin podia, plural (taken as singular) of podium balcony. See podium
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British Dictionary definitions for pew

pew

noun
  1. (in a church)
    1. one of several long benchlike seats with backs, used by the congregation
    2. an enclosed compartment reserved for the use of a family or other small group
  2. British informal a seat (esp in the phrase take a pew)
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Word Origin

C14 pywe, from Old French puye, from Latin podium a balcony, from Greek podion supporting structure, from pous foot
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Word Origin and History for pew

n.

late 14c., "raised, enclosed seat for certain worshippers" (ladies, important men, etc.), from Old French puie, puy "balcony, elevation," from Latin podia, plural of podium "elevated place," also "balcony in a Roman theater" (see podium). Meaning "fixed bench with a back, for a number of worshippers" is attested from 1630s.

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