[ 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.

Origin of gradin

1830–40; <French: step, ledge of altar <Italian gradino, diminutive of gradograde
  • Also gra·dine [gruh-deen]. /grəˈdin/.

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How to use gradin in a sentence

  • "Without cheap foreigners they couldn't afford all this hyeh new gradin'," the Southerner continued.

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

British Dictionary definitions for gradin


gradine (ɡrəˈdiːn)

/ (ˈɡreɪdɪn) /

  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

Origin of gradin

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

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