• (America, British) IPA: /pjuː/

pew (plural pews)

  1. One of the long benches in a church, seating several persons, usually fixed to the floor and facing the chancel.
    In many churches some pews are reserved for either clerical or liturgical officials such as canons, or for prominent families.
  2. An enclosed compartment in a church which provides seating for a group of people, often a prominent family.
    • 2006 September 11, Sheryl Gay Stolberg, "Bush Mourns 9/11 at Ground Zero as N.Y. Remembers", The New York Times 
      At St. Patrick’s Cathedral, firefighters in dress blues and white gloves escorted families to the pews for a memorial service, led by Mr. Bloomberg, to honor the 343 Fire Department employees killed on 9/11.
  3. Any structure shaped like a church pew, such as a stall, formerly used by money lenders, etc.; a box in a theatre; or a pen or sheepfold.
  4. (colloquial, humorous) A chair; a seat.
    Pull up a pew.
Translations Translations
  • French: banc d’œuvre, banc de l’œuvre
  • Italian: stallo

pew (pews, present participle pewing; past and past participle pewed)

  1. To furnish with pews.
  1. An expression of disgust in response to an unpleasant odor.
  • French: pouah
  • Russian: фу!
  1. Representative of the sound made by the fire#Verb|firing of a gun.

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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