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.
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.
3. A portable canopy borne over shrines, etc., in
[Written also baldachino, baldaquin, etc.]