baldachin

Definitions

  • Baldachin
    Baldachin
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n baldachin ornamented canopy supported by columns or suspended from a roof or projected from a wall (as over an altar)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Baldachin A portable canopy borne over shrines, etc., in procession.
    • Baldachin A rich brocade; baudekin.
    • Baldachin (Arch) A structure in form of a canopy, sometimes supported by columns, and sometimes suspended from the roof or projecting from the wall; generally placed over an altar; as, the baldachin in St. Peter's.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n baldachin Same as baudekin.
    • n baldachin A canopy of various kinds. A portable decorative covering, borne in ceremonial processions as a sign of rank or dignity; particularly, the dais-like canopy carried over the pope, which is supported on eight poles and carried by distinguished personages.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Baldachin bal′da-kin silk brocade: a canopy, either supported on pillars, or fastened to the wall, over a throne, pulpit, or altar, &c.: in R.C. processions, a canopy borne over the priest who carries the Host.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. baldachinus, baldechinus, a canopy of rich silk carried over the host; fr. Bagdad, It. Baldacco, a city in Turkish Asia from whence these rich silks came: cf. It. baldacchino,. Cf. Baudekin
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
It. baldacchino, Fr. baldaquin, a canopy, from It. Baldacco, Bagdad, whence was brought the stuff of which they were made.

Usage

In literature:

Two of the biggest, sir, stood in the adytum to form the baldachin over the Ark.
"Sixes and Sevens" by O. Henry
The bed loomed mysteriously in one corner with its baldachin of Gobelin tapestry.
"The Last Hope" by Henry Seton Merriman
The members of the council took their places on the dais beneath the baldachin, and in the midst of them sat Augustus Zwirina.
"Pretty Michal" by Mór Jókai
According to the Hebrew ritual, the marriage was performed on the highroad, under a spreading baldachin.
"Black Forest Village Stories" by Berthold Auerbach
The litter stopped before a baldachin under which was an ebony throne on an elevation.
"The Pharaoh and the Priest" by Alexander Glovatski
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In poetry:

Those of the goddess whose shrine was beneath the pile
Of the God with the baldachined altar overhead:
"And what did you get by raising this nave and aisle
Close on the site of the temple I tenanted?
"Aquae Sulis" by Thomas Hardy