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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.
Origin of prie-dieu
1750-60; < French: literally, pray God Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for prie-dieu
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  • The nursing Sisters attended him, one by his bedside, one always on her knees at the prie-dieu in the small room beyond.

    Long Live the King Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Helene trembled, Gaston took her back to her prie-dieu, where she knelt.

    The Regent's Daughter Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  • Mace told him of her past, of the revelations contained in the prie-dieu of this true believer, but he could make no impression.

  • But most astounding of all were the contents of the widows' prie-dieu.

  • Know then that I have found a white rose on the cushion of my prie-dieu.

    Honey-Bee Anatole France
  • He had made the betrothed couple an offer of a Gothic prie-dieu.

    Bouvard and Pcuchet, part 2 Gustave Flaubert
  • Here there was a prie-dieu in a corner, and above it a crucifix.

  • He drops on his knees at a prie-dieu; there he finds a note, which he reads.

    Master Olof August Strindberg
  • This movement had been so rapid, that the ball fired at him from the arquebuse only struck the prie-dieu.

    Chicot the Jester Alexandre Dumas, Pere
  • Mrs. Potiphar in a prie-dieu is like that blue morocco Comus in your library.

    The Potiphar Papers George William Curtis
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
Word Origin
C18: from French, from prier to pray + Dieu God
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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