1. One of the long, fixed, backed benches that are arranged in rows for the seating of a congregation in church.
2. An enclosed compartment in a church that provides seating for a number of people, such as a family.
[Middle English pewe, probably from Old French puie, balcony, from Latin podia, pl. of podium, balcony; see PODIUM.]
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