Definition of baldachin in English:

Share this entry

baldachin

Pronunciation: /ˈbaldəkɪn/
/ˈbɔːldəkɪn/
(also baldaquin /ˈbɔːldəkɪn/ or baldacchino /ˌbaldəˈkiːnəʊ/)

noun

A ceremonial canopy of stone, metal, or fabric over an altar, throne, or doorway.
Example sentences
  • Icon screens came down and baroque marble altars with baldacchinos went up.
  • Heydenreich's windows are hybrid creations: although the columns announce their Italian provenance, the statues of saints are sheltered by diminutive baldachins of Gothic tracery.
  • Set on the north boundary on a decking platform with a cantilevered shelter over it, it is a single cubic mass, a pristine altar to the outdoor life under a hardwood baldacchino.

Origin

Late 16th century (denoting a rich brocade of silk and gold thread): from Italian baldacchino, from Baldacco 'Baghdad', place of origin of the brocade.

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.