- 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 bal·dac·chi·no, bal·da·chi·no [bal-duh-kee-noh] /ˌbæl dəˈki noʊ/, bal·da·quin.
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
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It is quite isolated, and has neither flanking columns nor a baldaquin.The Cathedrals and Churches of the Rhine
baldaquin baldachino (ˌbɔːldəˈkiːnəʊ)
- 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
Old English baldekin, from Italian baldacchino, literally: stuff from Baghdad, from Baldacco Baghdad, noted for its brocades
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