palanquin

noun pa·lan·quin \ ˌpa-lən-ˈkēn , -ˈkwin , -ˈkin ; ˈpa-lən-ˌkēn , -ˌkwin , -ˌkin ; pə-ˈlaŋ-kwən \
Updated on: 28 Apr 2018

Definition of palanquin

: a conveyance formerly used especially in eastern Asia usually for one person that consists of an enclosed litter borne on the shoulders of men by means of poles

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Origin and Etymology of palanquin

Portuguese palanquim, from Malay or Javanese pelangki, of Indo-Aryan origin; akin to Bengali pālaṅka bed


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