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From French baldaquin, Italian baldacchino, from Baldacca (Baghdad).



baldacchin (plural baldacchins)

  1. A rich, embroidered brocade used for clothing in the Middle Ages, the web being gold and the woof silk.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Nares to this entry?)
  2. A canopy suspended over an altar or throne, originally made of this fabric; a ciborium.
    • 2009, Diarmaid MacCulloch, A History of Christianity, Penguin 2010, p. 682:
      Bernini had already provided the chief coup de théâtre of the basilica's interior, the monumental bronze canopy or baldachino over the high altar and tomb of St Peter.
  3. A building in form of a canopy, or crown supported by pillars for the covering of an altar; a canopy carried over the host in Roman Catholic countries.
    • 1726, Nathan Bailey, An Universal Etymological English Dictionary, third edition, J. Darby et al., p. 96: