(In India and the East) a covered litter for one passenger, consisting of a large box carried on two horizontal poles by four or six bearers.
More example sentences
- There it was, a palanquin being carried by four men, all powerfully built and in immaculate robes of ivory colour.
- Outside there would be gorgeously caparisoned elephants and horses with rich housings, palanquins and teams of palanquin bearers, four in hand coaches, and subsequently Rolls Royces and Daimlers.
- In his songs, he has pointed towards a dream when he shall be carried in a palanquin.
late 16th century: from Portuguese palanquim, from Oriya pālaṅki, based on Sanskrit palyanka 'bed, couch'.
Definition of palanquin in:
- The US English dictionary