bal·​da·​chin | \ ˈbȯl-də-kən How to pronounce baldachin (audio) , ˈbal- \
variants: or baldachino \ ˌbal-​də-​ˈkē-​(ˌ)nō How to pronounce baldachino (audio) , ˌbäl-​ \
plural baldachins or baldachinos

Definition of baldachin

1 : a cloth canopy fixed or carried over an important person or a sacred object
2 : a rich embroidered fabric of silk and gold
3 : an ornamental structure resembling a canopy used especially over an altar

Examples of baldachin in a Sentence

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, "Bella Sicilia: Hamish Bowles Attends Lucilla Bonaccorsi’s Breathtaking Wedding in Southern Italy," 7 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of baldachin

1537, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for baldachin

Italian baldacchino, from Baldacco Baghdad, Iraq

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“Baldachin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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