[ pree-dyoo; French pree-dyœ ]
/ ˈpriˈdyʊ; French priˈdyœ /

noun, plural prie-dieus, prie-dieux [pree-dyoo z; French pree-dyœ] /ˈpriˈdyʊz; French priˈdyœ/,

a piece of furniture for kneeling on during prayer, having a rest above, as for a book.

Origin of prie-dieu

1750–60; < French: literally, pray God Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for prie-dieu


/ (priːˈdjɜː) /


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

Word Origin for prie-dieu

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