Baldachin Bal"da*chin, n. [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}.] 1. A rich brocade; baudekin. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

2. (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. [1913 Webster]

3. A portable canopy borne over shrines, etc., in procession. [1913 Webster] [Written also {baldachino}, {baldaquin}, etc.] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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