- a covered litter, formerly used in the Orient, carried on the shoulders of four men
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
British Empire(formerly in India and other Eastern countries) a passenger conveyance, usually for one person, consisting of a covered or boxlike litter carried by means of poles resting on the shoulders of several men.Also,pal′an•keen′.
- Portuguese palanquim
Pali pallaṅka, Sanskrit palyaṅka; compare Oriya pālaṅki
- Dutch pallankin
- Middle French
pal′an•quin′ing•ly, pal′an•keen′ing•ly, adv.