pew

[ pyoo ]
/ pyu /

noun

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

Origin of pew

1350–1400; Middle English puwe < Middle French puie balcony < Latin podia, plural (taken as singular) of podium balcony. See podium
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pew

British Dictionary definitions for pew

pew
/ (pjuː) /

noun

(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
British informal a seat (esp in the phrase take a pew)

Word Origin for pew

C14 pywe, from Old French puye, from Latin podium a balcony, from Greek podion supporting structure, from pous foot
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012