from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A folding or small desk stool at which worshipers kneel to pray, especially one on which the British sovereign kneels at the time of coronation.
- n. A folding chair or stool, especially one used by a bishop when not occupying the throne or when presiding away from the cathedral.
- n. A desk at which the litany is recited.
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- n. A portable, folding chair used by a bishop when away from his throne
- n. Any similar stool used in a divine service (such as a British coronation)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A folding stool, or portable seat, made to fold up in the manner of a camo stool. It was formerly placed in the choir for a bishop, when he offciated in any but his own cathedral church.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Formerly, a folding chair similar to a camp-stool, especially one used as a seat of honor and an ensign of authority, probably having this character from the ease with which such a seat could be carried with an army on the march, and could be set up when required.
- n. Hence A seat having the form of the above, but not capable of being folded.
- n. A folding stool, provided with a cushion, on which worshipers kneel during certain acts of devotion; especially, such a stool placed at the south side of the altar, at which the kings or queens of England kneel at their coronation.
- n. A movable folding seat in a church or cathedral, used by a bishop or other prelate when officiating in his own church away from the throne, or in a church not under his jurisdiction.
- n. A small desk in cathedrals, churches, etc., at which the litany is enjoined to be sung or said.
Partial translation of Medieval Latin faldistolium, folding stool, of Germanic origin; see pel-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)