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gradin

[grey-din; French gra-dan] /ˈgreɪ dɪn; French graˈdɛ̃/
noun, plural gradins
[grey-dinz; French gra-dan] /ˈgreɪ dɪnz; French graˈdɛ̃/ (Show IPA)
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] /grəˈdin/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; < French: step, ledge of altar < Italian gradino, diminutive of grado grade
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British Dictionary definitions for gradine

gradin

/ˈɡreɪdɪn/
noun
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
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Italian gradino, a little step, from grado step; see grade
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