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[pree-dyoo; French pree-dyœ]
noun, plural prie-dieus, prie-dieux [pree-dyoo z; French pree-dyœ] /ˈpriˈdyʊz; French priˈdyœ/,
  1. a piece of furniture for kneeling on during prayer, having a rest above, as for a book.
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Origin of prie-dieu

1750–60; < French: literally, pray God
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Examples from the Web for prie-dieu

Historical Examples

  • Then he came to stand, leaning on the prie-dieu, facing her.

    The Historical Nights' Entertainment

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Slowly he lifts his prayer-book from the prie-dieu and holds it droopingly.

  • Helene trembled, Gaston took her back to her prie-Dieu, where she knelt.

    The Regent's Daughter

    Alexandre Dumas (Pere)

  • Again she sank down, her head supported by her prie-Dieu chair.

    Louise de la Valliere

    Alexandre Dumas, Pere

  • Know then that I have found a white rose on the cushion of my prie-Dieu.


    Anatole France

British Dictionary definitions for prie-dieu


  1. a piece of furniture consisting of a low surface for kneeling upon and a narrow front surmounted by a rest for the elbows or for books, for use when praying
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Word Origin

C18: from French, from prier to pray + Dieu God
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