prie-dieu

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From French prie-Dieu, from prie (pray) + Dieu (God).

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prie-dieu (plural prie-dieus or prie-dieux)

  1. A piece of furniture on which someone can pray, consisting of a cushioned area to kneel on, with a built-in ledge for books.
    • 1936, Djuna Barnes, Nightwood, Faber & Faber 2007, p. 42:
      Leaning her childish face and full chin on the shelf of the prie-Dieu, her eyes fixed, she laughed, out of some hidden capacity, some lost subterranean humour [...].
    • 1982, Lawrence Durrell, Constance, Faber & Faber 2004 (Avignon Quintet), p. 772:
      thinking to improve his hour, he took to kneeling at a prie-dieu and ventured upon some propitiatory prayers to the Virgin which might serve as a sort of scaffolding to the more important confession which was to follow.
    • 1992, Hilary Mantel, A Place of Greater Safety, Harper Perennial 2007, p. 87:
      At her prie-dieu, she read in a calm voice the prayers for the dying.

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