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gradin

[grey-din; French gra-dan]
noun, plural gra·dins [grey-dinz; French gra-dan] /ˈgreɪ dɪnz; French graˈdɛ̃/.
  1. one of a series of steps or seats raised one above another.
  2. Ecclesiastical. a shelf or one of a series of shelves behind and above an altar.
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Also gra·dine [gruh-deen] /grəˈdin/.

Origin of gradin

1830–40; < French: step, ledge of altar < Italian gradino, diminutive of grado grade
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Historical Examples of gradin

  • They was gradin' and choppin' out the forests ahead to continue the road.

    Cabbages and Kings

    O. Henry


British Dictionary definitions for gradin

gradin

gradine (ɡrəˈdiːn)

noun
  1. a ledge above or behind an altar on which candles, a cross, or other ornaments stand
  2. one of a set of steps or seats arranged on a slope, as in an amphitheatre
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Word Origin for gradin

C19: from French, from Italian gradino, a little step, from grado step; see grade
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