Definition of box pew in English:

box pew


  • An old-fashioned church pew enclosed by wooden partitions.

    ‘Another theory is that the interior layout of the church - it was built with old-fashioned box pews - may not have been to the congregation's liking.’
    • ‘Despite such intervention, the tiny church, now fully restored with a couple of original box pews and a delightful little wooden gallery, seems to have thrived, with seating inside for more than two hundred worshippers.’
    • ‘In the early years benches for the poor were installed in this aisle, but in 1818 the vestry decided to increase church revenues by filling the cross aisle with box pews - a decision evidently not without controversy.’
    • ‘The Commission also wanted raised chancels, slip-pew seating rather than box pews, and a robust verticality in place of the ‘meeting-house’ look.’
    • ‘The magnificent medieval stained glass window, 18th century box pews and unusual ‘saddleback’ roof contribute to the unique fabric of the building.’
    • ‘There are two box pews at the front of the nave, which are works of art in their own right, and there is an enchanting area around the font at the back of the church, from where one can look back up the hill behind the church, to the woods.’
    • ‘Thankfully the box pews don't appear to show any sign of dry rot penetration so far.’
    • ‘They started off in two box pews against a wall and shifted midway through the performance to a set of stools and chairs lined up on axis with the central raised pulpit.’
    • ‘The Squires' family would sit in the big box pew at the front of the church.’
    • ‘One of the distinguishing features of the interior is its very fine collection of box pews.’


box pew

/bäks pyo͞o/ /bɑks pju/