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baldachin

[bal-duh-kin, bawl-] /ˈbæl də kɪn, ˈbɔl-/
noun
1.
Also, baudekin. Textiles. a silk brocade interwoven with gold or silver threads, used chiefly for ceremonial purposes.
2.
Architecture. a permanent ornamental canopy, as above a freestanding altar or throne.
3.
a portable canopy carried in religious processions.
Also, baldacchino, baldachino
[bal-duh-kee-noh] /ˌbæl dəˈki noʊ/ (Show IPA),
baldaquin.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; earlier baldakin < Medieval Latin baldakinus < Italian baldacchino, equivalent to Baldacc(o) Baghdad (famous as a source of silk brocades) + -ino -ine1
Related forms
baldachined, adjective
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  • Beneath this baldachin is a tabloid or pedestal of marble, with the bronze inscriptional tablet mounted on it.
British Dictionary definitions for baldachin

baldachin

/ˈbɔːldəkɪn/
noun
1.
a richly ornamented silk and gold brocade
2.
a canopy of fabric or stone over an altar, shrine, or throne in a Christian church or carried in Christian religious processions over an object of veneration
Word Origin
Old English baldekin, from Italian baldacchino, literally: stuff from Baghdad, from Baldacco Baghdad, noted for its brocades
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