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palanquin Line breaks: pal¦an|quin
Pronunciation: /ˌpalənˈkiːn/
(also palankeen)

Definition of palanquin in English:


(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.
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'.

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