[grey-din; French gra-dan]
- 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 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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They was gradin' and choppin' out the forests ahead to continue the road.Cabbages and Kings
- 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 for gradin
C19: from French, from Italian gradino, a little step, from grado step; see grade
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