prie-dieu

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

Nearby words

  1. pride's purge,
  2. pride, thomas,
  3. pride-of-california,
  4. prideful,
  5. prie,
  6. prier,
  7. priest,
  8. priest-hole,
  9. priest-ridden,
  10. priestcraft

Origin of prie-dieu

1750–60; < French: literally, pray God

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British Dictionary definitions for prie-dieu

prie-dieu

/ (priːˈdjɜː) /

noun

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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