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baldachin

[ bal-duh-kin, bawl- ]
/ ˈbæl də kɪn, ˈbɔl- /
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noun

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.

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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
bal·da·chined, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for baldachin

baldachin

baldaquin baldachino (ˌbɔːldəˈkiːnəʊ)

/ (ˈbɔːldəkɪn) /

noun

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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