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[grey-din; French gra-dan] /ˈgreɪ dɪn; French graˈdɛ̃/
noun, plural gradins
[grey-dinz; French gra-dan] /ˈgreɪ dɪnz; French graˈdɛ̃/ (Show IPA)
one of a series of steps or seats raised one above another.
Ecclesiastical. a shelf or one of a series of shelves behind and above an altar.
Also, gradine
[gruh-deen] /grəˈdin/ (Show IPA)
Origin of gradin
1830-40; < French: step, ledge of altar < Italian gradino, diminutive of grado grade Unabridged
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  • They was gradin' and choppin' out the forests ahead to continue the road.

British Dictionary definitions for gradin


a ledge above or behind an altar on which candles, a cross, or other ornaments stand
one of a set of steps or seats arranged on a slope, as in an amphitheatre
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Italian gradino, a little step, from grado step; see grade
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