Baudekin

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Baudekin The richest kind of stuff used in garments in the Middle Ages, the web being gold, and the woof silk, with embroidery; -- made originally at Baghdad.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n baudekin A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread, and properly called cloth of baudekin. It was used for garments, sacred vestments, altar-cloths, canopies, etc., and is first mentioned in English history in connection with the knighting of William of Valence in 1247 by Henry III. It was probably known on the continent before that date. Later the name was applied to any rich brocade, and even to shot silk. It is not found in use after the middle of the sixteenth century. Also called baldachin.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Baudekin bawd′i-kin Same as Baldachin.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. bawdekin, rich silk stuff, OF. baudequin,. See Baldachin

Usage

In literature:

The baudekin stripes (blue and gold) of her tunic attested her royalty.
"The Last Of The Barons, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Baudekin, a good silk and golden weave, was very popular.
"Arts and Crafts in the Middle Ages" by Julia De Wolf Addison
We hear also of "baudekin," "nak," and cloth of pall.
"Needlework As Art" by Marian Alford
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