• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Faldstool 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.☞ 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n faldstool Formerly, a folding chair similar to a camp-stool, especially one used as a seat of honor and an ensign of authority, probably having this character from the ease with which such a seat could be carried with an army on the march, and could be set up when required.
    • n faldstool Hence A seat having the form of the above, but not capable of being folded. In some cases the faldstool could be taken to pieces, the back and arms lifting off and the lower part then folding up; but very commonly seats of this form were made of heavy pieces of wood and were not separable.
    • n faldstool A folding stool, provided with a cushion, on which worshipers kneel during certain acts of devotion; especially, such a stool placed at the south side of the altar, at which the kings or queens of England kneel at their coronation.
    • n faldstool A movable folding seat in a church or cathedral, used by a bishop or other prelate when officiating in his own church away from the throne, or in a church not under his jurisdiction.
    • n faldstool A small desk in cathedrals, churches, etc., at which the litany is enjoined to be sung or said. It is sometimes called a litany-stool or litany-desk, and when used it is generally placed in the middle of the choir, sometimes near the steps of the altar.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Faldstool fawld′stōōl a folding or camp stool: a kind of stool for the king at his coronation: a bishop's armless seat: a small desk in churches in England, at which the litany should be sung or said
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Faldistory
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low L. faldistolium—Old High Ger. faldan (Ger. falten), to fold, stuol (Ger. stuhl), stool.


In literature:

Her tirewoman found her asleep on her faldstool.
"The Path of the King" by John Buchan
We see the husband and wife kneeling facing each other, with a faldstool before each figure.
"English Villages" by P. H. Ditchfield
There was no Litany at a Faldstool.
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol 4" by Charles Dudley Warner
The chaplain knelt beneath the altar; and the Prince knelt down at the faldstool, the Duke beside him on the floor.
"The Isles of Sunset" by Arthur Christopher Benson
The chaplain knelt beneath the altar; and the Prince knelt down at the faldstool, the Duke beside him on the floor.
"Paul the Minstrel and Other Stories" by Arthur Christopher Benson
An ivory-faldstool there was set.
"La Chanson de Roland" by Léon Gautier
In the intervals, angels seated on faldstool thrones, and bearing stars; also two popinjays.
"Needlework As Art" by Marian Alford