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 (bôl′də-kĭn, băl′-) also bal·da·chi·no (băl′də-kē′nō)
n. pl. bal·da·chins also bal·da·chi·nos
1. A rich fabric of silk and gold brocade.
a. A canopy of fabric carried in church processions or placed over an altar, throne, or dais.
b. A structure having the form of a canopy, usually built of stone or bronze, over the altar of a church.

[Italian baldacchino, from Old Italian, from Baldacco, Baghdad (where rich brocade was woven in medieval times).]
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(ˈbɔːldəkɪn) or




1. (Textiles) a richly ornamented silk and gold brocade
2. (Architecture) a canopy of fabric or stone over an altar, shrine, or throne in a Christian church or carried in Christian religious processions over an object of veneration
[Old English baldekin, from Italian baldacchino, literally: stuff from Baghdad, from Baldacco Baghdad, noted for its brocades]
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or bal•da•quin

(ˈbæl də kɪn, ˈbɔl-) also


(ˌbæl dəˈki noʊ)

n., pl. -nos.
1. a silk brocade woven or embroidered with gold threads.
2. a permanent ornamental canopy above an altar, throne, etc.
3. a canopy carried in religious processions.
[1590–1600; < Italian baldacchino, derivative of Baldacc(o) Baghdad]
bal′da•chined, adj.
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Noun1.baldachin - ornamented canopy supported by columns or suspended from a roof or projected from a wall (as over an altar)baldachin - ornamented canopy supported by columns or suspended from a roof or projected from a wall (as over an altar)
canopy - a covering (usually of cloth) that serves as a roof to shelter an area from the weather
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This fact brings us to the reason why we celebrate one of Christendom's most beautiful and venerated churches--not because of its triumphal arches and colonnades, not because of its majestic baldachino or its famed mosaics.
But the most important possession of the cathedral is probably the gilded bronze image of the Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception at the marble altar, whose canopy or baldachino was repaired after engineers found cracks in it.
Anyone who has visited Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome will have seen the bronze Canopy, or Baldachino, which stands above the High Altar.
Though it had become, as Neal says, an "iconic symbol" of the university, long-deferred maintenance had created an environment beset by both insufficient light (from the incandescents) and harsh, uneven white illumination (from the fluorescent coves above the altar, in the baldachino and along the recessed reliefs running along the sides of the main chapel).
Looking toward the sanctuary, you can see the main beauty of the church, the east window and baldachino, both designed by Sir Ninian Comper in memory of the fallen of the first world war.
The pillars supporting the upper sections of the ciborium (baldachino) over the marble altar were initially out of alignment and concerns required an engineering solution which was supplied by J.J.C.
Ryan Baldachino continues in his bid for full fitness and he must again be doubtful for tonight's tie.
Over the altar, he installed a baldachino as well as an imposing crucifix (costing 1,200 livres) by a prominent sculpture from Lyon.
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