WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
bal•da•chin  (baldə kin, bôl-),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. TextilesAlso,  baudekin. a silk brocade interwoven with gold or silver threads, used chiefly for ceremonial purposes.
  2. Architecturea permanent ornamental canopy, as above a freestanding altar or throne.
  3. a portable canopy carried in religious processions.
Also,  bal•dac•chi•no, bal•da•chi•no  (bal′də kēnō),USA pronunciation  balda•quin.  balda•chined, adj. 
  • Italian baldacchino, equivalent. to Baldacc(o) Baghdad (famous as a source of silk brocades) + -ino -ine1
  • Medieval Latin baldakinus
  • earlier baldakin 1250–1300


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baldachin, baldaquin /ˈbɔːldəkɪn/baldachino /ˌbɔːldəˈkiːnəʊ/ n
  1. a richly ornamented silk and gold brocade
  2. a canopy of fabric or stone over an altar, shrine, or throne in a Christian church or carried in Christian religious processions over an object of veneration
Etymology: Old English baldekin, from Italian baldacchino, literally: stuff from Baghdad, from Baldacco Baghdad, noted for its brocades



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