FALD'STOOL, n. [fald or fold and stool.] 1. A kind of stool placed at the south side of the altar, at which the kings of England kneel at their coronation. 2. The chair of a bishop inclosed by the railing of the altar. 3. An arm-chair or folding chair.
nounEtymology: 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, stoolDate: 1603 1. a folding stool or chair; specifically one used by a bishop 2. a folding stool or small desk at which one kneels during devotions; especially one used by the sovereigns of England at their coronation 3. the desk from which the litany is read in Anglican churches
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. 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.