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baldachin Line breaks: bal¦da|chin
Pronunciation: /ˈbaldəkɪn/
(also baldaquin ˈbɔːldəkɪn or baldacchino ˌbaldəˈkiːnəʊ)

Definition of baldachin in English:


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.


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

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