Definition of palanquin in English:

palanquin

(also palankeen)

noun

  • (in India and the East) a covered litter for one passenger, consisting of a large box carried on two horizontal poles by four or six bearers.

    • ‘There it was, a palanquin being carried by four men, all powerfully built and in immaculate robes of ivory colour.’
    • ‘Outside there would be gorgeously caparisoned elephants and horses with rich housings, palanquins and teams of palanquin bearers, four in hand coaches, and subsequently Rolls Royces and Daimlers.’
    • ‘In his songs, he has pointed towards a dream when he shall be carried in a palanquin.’
    • ‘In a palanquin borne by four servants sit a rich man's three daughters, the youngest dressed in her bridal sari, her little hands painted with red lac dye, her hair oiled and set.’
    • ‘We passed the odd pony trap and the four men with their palanquin.’
    • ‘The gods are brought out of their temples and paraded down the streets in elaborately carved palanquins rolled along by four men.’
    • ‘Each time we moved from one district to another, there would be an argument over whose turn it was to carry the palanquin.’
    • ‘Aged devotees who were unable to endure the strain of the hike were carried on a simple palanquin made of cane that could be purchased for US $17 in Pamba.’
    • ‘The Emperor was carried on his opulent palanquin across the centre bridge along the north-south axis on his journey through his city.’
    • ‘The temple dates from 1856 and every year the statue is carried by a palanquin around the neighborhood and other deities are brought to him.’
    • ‘He was carried through the streets by a team of bearers on a palanquin, which still survives at Powis Castle in Wales.’
    • ‘‘In earlier days, people sprayed water as the sweltering heat and the sandy path caused great inconvenience to the palanquin bearers,’ the priest says.’
    • ‘Loulou's father, so he told me, had been a palanquin bearer.’
    • ‘Chinese prefer a traditional ‘three box’ sedan shape for cars, not unlike the shape of the shoulder-carried palanquins in which the nobility travelled in previous centuries, Shyr said.’
    • ‘Tegh Bahadur was carried by Mother Nanaki in a palanquin.’
    • ‘From antique beds and sofas to ornate umbrella stands and Goan palanquins, this 227-item auction was crammed with exquisite pieces of furniture for the discerning.’
    • ‘In the evenings, exquisite bronze replicas of the deities travel bedecked in palanquins to bestow blessings on the townsfolk.’
    • ‘This is where palanquins from different villages are brought to pay homage to Parshuram.’
    • ‘A palanquin, breast plates, guns, cannon balls, daggers, swords, head gear and knives were on display along with old and new age stone tools.’
    • ‘That way, there's still plenty of room in the palanquin.’
    sedan chair, palanquin

Origin

Late 16th century from Portuguese palanquim, from Oriya pālaṅki, based on Sanskrit palyanka ‘bed, couch’.

Pronunciation

palanquin

/ˌpalənˈkiːn/