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pew

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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.
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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
/ (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
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