Definition of moaner's bench in English:

moaner's bench


United States Regional
  • A bench in a church or meeting house on which those people sit who wish to confess and repent their sins publicly at a prayer meeting or service; a mourner's bench.


1920s; earliest use found in William Faulkner (1897–1962), short-story writer and novelist. Alteration of mourner's bench, after moaner, probably arising from U.S. regional (southern) pronunciation of mourner.


moaner's bench

/ˈməʊnəz ˌbɛn(t)ʃ/