from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One of the long, fixed, backed benches that are arranged in rows for the seating of a congregation in church.
- n. An enclosed compartment in a church that provides seating for a number of people, such as a family.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. One of the long benches in a church, seating several persons, usually fixed to the floor and facing the chancel.
- n. An enclosed compartment in a church which provides seating for a group of people, often a prominent family.
- v. To furnish with pews.
- interj. An expression of disgust in response to an unpleasant odor.
- interj. Representative of the sound made by the firing of a machine gun.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of the compartments in a church which are separated by low partitions, and have long seats upon which several persons may sit; -- sometimes called slip. Pews were originally made square, but are now usually long and narrow.
- n. Any structure shaped like a church pew, as a stall, formerly used by money lenders, etc.; a box in theater; a pen; a sheepfold.
- transitive v. To furnish with pews.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To furnish with pews.
- See pue.
- To put or shut in a pew.
- n. A more or less elevated inclosure, used by lawyers, money-lenders, cashiers, etc.; an inclosed seat or bench of any sort, especially such as were used by persons having a stand for business in a public or otherwise open and exposed place.
- n. An inclosed seat or open bench in a church, designed to accommodate several people; also, an inclosure containing several seats.
- n. A box in a theater or opera-house.
- n. plural The occupants of the pews in a church; the congregation.
- n. A sharp-pointed, one-pronged, straight or hooked iron instrument with a wooden handle, used in handling fish, blubber, etc., on wharves or in boats.
- n. A thin stream of air or smoke; a fine thin stream of breath escaping through lips almost closed.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. long bench with backs; used in church by the congregation
Some girl was on her way to Jerusalem to see where Jesus grew up and hang out with some friends but got the 3rd degree (like burns!) from Israel border security, who ultimately decided the only way in was with three Mac. * pew pew pew* goes border security!
In short, you hold by purchase, and may sell the right to, the undisturbed possession of that little space within the church edifice which you call your pew during the hours of divine service.
"He wanted power," says Alonzo of Watts, a former politician and longtime church leader, whom she calls the "devil in pew number seven."
Now I find it unlikely that the BNPs theorists are unaware of the enormous gulf in ideology which separates the average Joe in the pew from the Bishops and other leaders who speak for them.
The stately black matron beside her on the pew was a stranger, but this was Mississippi.
The family will probably not sit in the presidential pew, which is pew 54.
Prayerlessness in the pew is a serious hindrance to the running of the Word of the Lord.
Dreadful red, though, by the time we got sot down in meeting; for our pew is a good way up, and his boots squeaked, and we'd heard that all the singers were going early, to see him come into meeting, and Lucy sits in the seats.
It contains a raised pew, which is approached by a winding flight of stairs, and is covered in, so that it resembles nothing so much as a four-post bedstead.
"They can't even be scrubbed for less than fifteen or twenty dollars, for I thought of that and asked Mrs. Simpson yesterday, and she said twenty cents a pew was the cheapest she could do it for."