[ grey-din; French gra-dan ]
/ ˈgreɪ dɪn; French graˈdɛ̃ /

noun, plural gra·dins [grey-dinz; French gra-dan] /ˈgreɪ dɪnz; French graˈdɛ̃/.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gradin

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

British Dictionary definitions for gradin


gradine (ɡrəˈdiːn)

/ (ˈɡreɪdɪn) /


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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