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
Origin and Etymology of palanquin
Portuguese palanquim, from Malay or Javanese pelangki, of Indo-Aryan origin; akin to Bengali pālaṅka bed
First Known Use: 1588See Words from the same year
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