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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 of baldachin
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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  • The royal chair and baldacchino had been removed, and their place was occupied by the usual bench of the President.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • There is a baldacchino of wood over the altar, with urns upon its corners.

  • Between the altar and the railing arose a baldacchino, the canopy of white silk, the four supporting columns of shining silver.

  • The baldacchino, erected in 1614, is supported by four porphyry columns.

    Walks in Rome Augustus J.C. Hare
  • Over the throne is a canopy or baldacchino the emblem of sovereignty.

    Rome Mildred Anna Rosalie Tuker
  • The most beautiful of these was probably the baldacchino which surmounted the high altar.

    Naples Past and Present Arthur H. Norway
  • That church porch is like the baldacchino over certain Roman high altars, or, more humbly, like a very large fourpost bedstead.

  • The high altar, with a baldacchino, supported by four porphyry columns, covers the remains of SS.

    Walks in Rome Augustus J.C. Hare
  • Two of the pillars of the baldacchino are of breccia-corallina.

    Walks in Rome Augustus J.C. Hare
  • The altar was rebuilt and beautified in 1362, and it is probable that the baldacchino is of that date.

    The Shores of the Adriatic F. Hamilton Jackson
British Dictionary definitions for baldacchino

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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