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[pree-dyoo ; French pree-dyœ] /ˈpriˈdyʊ; French priˈdyœ/
noun, plural prie-dieus, prie-dieux
[pree-dyoo z; French pree-dyœ] /ˈpriˈdyʊz; French priˈdyœ/ (Show IPA)
a piece of furniture for kneeling on during prayer, having a rest above, as for a book.
1750-60; < French: literally, pray God Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for prie dieu


a piece of furniture consisting of a low surface for kneeling upon and a narrow front surmounted by a rest for the elbows or for books, for use when praying
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C18: from French, from prier to pray + Dieu God
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praying desk for one individual with a knee bench close to the floor and a vertical panel supporting an armrest, below which there is usually a shelf for prayer books and the like. The knee rest and arm support are often upholstered.

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