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[bal-duh-kin, bawl-] /ˈbæl də kɪn, ˈbɔl-/
Also, baudekin. Textiles. a silk brocade interwoven with gold or silver threads, used chiefly for ceremonial purposes.
Architecture. a permanent ornamental canopy, as above a freestanding altar or throne.
a portable canopy carried in religious processions.
Also, baldacchino, baldachino
[bal-duh-kee-noh] /ˌbæl dəˈki noʊ/ (Show IPA),
Origin of baldachin
1250-1300; earlier baldakin < Medieval Latin baldakinus < Italian baldacchino, equivalent to Baldacc(o) Baghdad (famous as a source of silk brocades) + -ino -ine1
Related forms
baldachined, adjective Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • The King took his seat under the baldacchino, with his Ministers on his left.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • There is a baldacchino of wood over the altar, with urns upon its corners.

  • The baldacchino, erected in 1614, is supported by four porphyry columns.

    Walks in Rome Augustus J.C. Hare
  • Two of the pillars of the baldacchino are of breccia-corallina.

    Walks in Rome Augustus J.C. Hare
  • The most beautiful of these was probably the baldacchino which surmounted the high altar.

    Naples Past and Present Arthur H. Norway
  • Over the throne is a canopy or baldacchino the emblem of sovereignty.

    Rome Mildred Anna Rosalie Tuker
  • The high altar, with a baldacchino, supported by four porphyry columns, covers the remains of SS.

    Walks in Rome Augustus J.C. Hare
  • The altar was rebuilt and beautified in 1362, and it is probable that the baldacchino is of that date.

    The Shores of the Adriatic F. Hamilton Jackson
  • Much more is this the case at Parenzo, where the apse is lower and the baldacchino more lofty.

  • Between the altar and the railing arose a baldacchino, the canopy of white silk, the four supporting columns of shining silver.

British Dictionary definitions for baldacchino


a richly ornamented silk and gold brocade
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
Word Origin
Old English baldekin, from Italian baldacchino, literally: stuff from Baghdad, from Baldacco Baghdad, noted for its brocades
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