gradin

gradin

[grey-din; French gra-dan]
noun, plural gradins [grey-dinz; French gra-dan] .
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.
Also, gradine [gruh-deen] .


Origin:
1830–40; < French: step, ledge of altar < Italian gradino, diminutive of grado grade

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gradin or gradine (ˈɡreɪdɪn, ɡrəˈdiːn)
 
n
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
 
[C19: from French, from Italian gradino, a little step, from grado step; see grade]
 
gradine or gradine
 
n
 
[C19: from French, from Italian gradino, a little step, from grado step; see grade]

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