pew

[pyoo]
noun
1.
(in a church) one of a number of fixed, benchlike seats with backs, accessible by aisles, for the use of the congregation.
2.
an enclosed seat in a church, or an enclosure with seats, usually reserved for a family or other group of worshipers.
3.
those occupying pews; congregation.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English puwe < Middle French puie balcony < Latin podia, plural (taken as singular) of podium balcony. See podium

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pew (pjuː)
 
n
1.  in a church
 a.  one of several long benchlike seats with backs, used by the congregation
 b.  an enclosed compartment reserved for the use of a family or other small group
2.  informal (Brit) a seat (esp in the phrase take a pew)
 
[C14 pywe, from Old French puye, from Latin podium a balcony, from Greek podion supporting structure, from pous foot]

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pew
1393, "raised, enclosed seat for certain worshippers" (ladies, important men, etc.), from O.Fr. puie, puy "balcony, elevation," from L. podia, pl. of podium "elevated place," also "balcony in a Roman theater" (see podium). Meaning "fixed bench with a back, for a number of
worshippers" is attested from 1631.
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Example sentences
But the pews were packed, the extra chairs claimed, the doorways crowded.
Some of the town's citizens sit in the meeting hall's pews, occasionally trying
  to be heard in little piping voices.
It is a small brick-built former storeroom with no pews.
There couldn't have been more than twenty-five, thirty of us scattered around
  the pews in our overcoats and scarves.
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