or pal·an·keen

[ pal-uh n-keen ]
/ ˌpæl ənˈkin /


(formerly in India and other Eastern countries) a passenger conveyance, usually for one person, consisting of a covered or boxlike litter carried by means of poles resting on the shoulders of several men.

Origin of palanquin

1580–90; < Middle French < Dutch pallankin < Portuguese palanquimPali pallaṅka, Sanskrit palyaṅka; compare Oriya pālaṅki
Related formspal·an·quin·er, pal·an·keen·er, nounpal·an·quin·ing·ly, pal·an·keen·ing·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (ˌpælənˈkiːn) /


a covered litter, formerly used in the Orient, carried on the shoulders of four men

Word Origin for palanquin

C16: from Portuguese palanquim, from Prakrit pallanka, from Sanskrit paryanka couch
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Word Origin and History for palanquin



"a covered litter," 1580s, from Portuguese palanquim (early 16c.), from Malay and Javanese palangki "litter, sedan," ultimately from Sanskrit palyanka-s "couch, bed, litter," from pari "around" + ancati "it bends, curves," related to anka-s "a bend, hook, angle," and meaning, perhaps, "that which bends around the body." Some have noted the "curious coincidence" of Spanish palanca, from Latin phalanga "pole to carry a burden."

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