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[bal-duh-kin, bawl-] /ˈbæl də kɪn, ˈbɔl-/
Also, baudekin. Textiles. a silk brocade interwoven with gold or silver threads, used chiefly for ceremonial purposes.
Architecture. a permanent ornamental canopy, as above a freestanding altar or throne.
a portable canopy carried in religious processions.
Also, baldacchino, baldachino
[bal-duh-kee-noh] /ˌbæl dəˈki noʊ/ (Show IPA),
Origin of baldachin
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for baldachin
Historical Examples
  • The most striking object in the interior is the magnificent Romanesque baldachin above the high altar.

  • Two of the biggest, sir, stood in the adytum to form the baldachin over the Ark.

    Sixes and Sevens O. Henry
  • In the hall Prince Rameses sat on an elevated chair beneath a baldachin, while at the entrance door appeared the herald.

    The Pharaoh and the Priest Alexander Glovatski
  • The litter stopped before a baldachin under which was an ebony throne on an elevation.

    The Pharaoh and the Priest Alexander Glovatski
  • Its interior will be of pure gold, very massive, and it hath a baldachin of velvet, embroidered with our ducal arms.

    The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky
  • The King presided, sitting under a baldachin with his consort, Queen Johanna, at his right and his sons at his left.

    The Story of Prague Count Francis Ltzow
  • It is probable that these columns belonged originally to the baldachin over the high altar.

  • Under the baldachin hovered a gilded Cupid, spotted and faded, with his arrow aimed at the bed.

    The Precipice Ivan Goncharov
  • The bed loomed mysteriously in one corner with its baldachin of Gobelin tapestry.

    The Last Hope Henry Seton Merriman
  • I take the shrine to be a work of the thirteenth century, though the baldachin is no doubt of later date.

British Dictionary definitions for baldachin


a richly ornamented silk and gold brocade
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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