from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A narrow, desklike kneeling bench with space above for a book or the elbows, for use by a person at prayer.
- n. An armless, upholstered chair with a high straight back and a low seat.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A piece of furniture on which someone can pray, consisting of a cushioned area to kneel on, with a built-in ledge for books.
French prie-Dieu : prier, to pray (from Old French, from Latin precārī; see pray) + Dieu, God (from Old French; see adieu).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French prie-Dieu, from prie ("pray") + Dieu ("God"). (Wiktionary)