[bal-duh-kin, bawl-]


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
Related formsbal·da·chined, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for baldacchino

Historical Examples of baldacchino

  • The King took his seat under the baldacchino, with his Ministers on his left.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for baldacchino


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

Word Origin for baldachin

Old English baldekin, from Italian baldacchino, literally: stuff from Baghdad, from Baldacco Baghdad, noted for its brocades
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