bal·​da·​chin ˈbȯl-də-kən How to pronounce baldachin (audio)
variants or baldachino
plural baldachins or baldachinos
: a cloth canopy fixed or carried over an important person or a sacred object
: a rich embroidered fabric of silk and gold
: an ornamental structure resembling a canopy used especially over an altar

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Farmyard carts were heaped with parasols and straw hats to protect the guests from the unrelenting sun, and a baldachin was hastily created for the bride the day before and held aloft on bamboo poles by the adorable flower girls and pages. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, 7 Sep. 2017

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Word History


Italian baldacchino, from Baldacco Baghdad, Iraq

First Known Use

1537, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of baldachin was in 1537

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“Baldachin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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