Faldstool Fald"stool`, n. [See {Faldistory}.] A folding stool, or portable seat, made to fold up in the manner of a camo stool. It was formerly placed in the choir for a bishop, when he offciated in any but his own cathedral church. --Fairholt. [1913 Webster]

Note: In the modern practice of the Church of England, the term faldstool is given to the reading desk from which the litany is read. This esage is a relic of the ancient use of a lectern folding like a camp stool. [1913 Webster]

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  • Faldstool — (from the O.H. Ger. falden or falten , to fold, and stuol , Mod. Ger. Stuhl , stool ; from the medieval Latin faldistolium derived, through the old form fauesteuil , from the Mod. Fr. fautcuil ) is a portable folding chair, used by a bishop when… …   Wikipedia

  • Faldstool — • A movable folding chair used in pontifical functions by the bishop outside of his cathedral, or within it if he is not at his throne or cathedra Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Faldstool     Faldstool …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • faldstool — [fôld′sto͞ol΄] n. [ME foldstol < ML faldistolium, prob. via OFr faldestoel < Frank * faldistol (see FOLD1 & STOOL), akin to OHG faltstuol, OE fyldestol] 1. a portable stool or desk used in praying 2. R.C.Ch. a backless chair used as by a… …   English World dictionary

  • faldstool — /fawld stoohl /, n. 1. a chair or seat, originally one capable of being folded, used by a bishop or other prelate when officiating in his own church away from his throne or in a church not his own. 2. a movable folding stool or desk at which… …   Universalium

  • faldstool — noun Etymology: Medieval Latin faldistolium, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German faltistuol folding chair, from falt (akin to Old High German faldan to fold) + stuol chair more at fold, stool Date: 1603 1. a folding stool or chair;… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • faldstool — noun a) A portable, folding chair used by a bishop when away from his throne b) Any similar stool used in a divine service (such as a British coronation) …   Wiktionary

  • Faldstool — A seat used by a bishop or other senior ecclesiastic when not using his bishop s throne. It was a portable item without arms, for use when a bishop was in another s church. [< OldEngl. fald = fold + stool] …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • Faldstool —    Literally, a portable folding seat, similar to a camp stool, and formerly used by a Bishop when officiating in any church other than his Cathedral. The name now is generally applied to the Litany Desk (which see) …   American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • faldstool — desk from which the Litany is read at church service Ecclesiastical Terms …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • faldstool — n. folding prayer desk; bishop s round armless chair …   English contemporary dictionary

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