Definition of palanquin in English:


(also palankeen)


  • (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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The gods are brought out of their temples and paraded down the streets in elaborately carved palanquins rolled along by four men.’
    • ‘Loulou's father, so he told me, had been a palanquin bearer.’
    • ‘Tegh Bahadur was carried by Mother Nanaki in a palanquin.’
    • ‘In his songs, he has pointed towards a dream when he shall be carried in a palanquin.’
    • ‘In the evenings, exquisite bronze replicas of the deities travel bedecked in palanquins to bestow blessings on the townsfolk.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 temple dates from 1856 and every year the statue is carried by a palanquin around the neighborhood and other deities are brought to him.’
    • ‘Each time we moved from one district to another, there would be an argument over whose turn it was to carry the 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.’
    • ‘He was carried through the streets by a team of bearers on a palanquin, which still survives at Powis Castle in Wales.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Emperor was carried on his opulent palanquin across the centre bridge along the north-south axis on his journey through his city.’
    • ‘That way, there's still plenty of room in the palanquin.’
    • ‘‘In earlier days, people sprayed water as the sweltering heat and the sandy path caused great inconvenience to the palanquin bearers,’ the priest says.’
    • ‘We passed the odd pony trap and the four men with their palanquin.’
    sedan chair, palanquin
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Late 16th century: from Portuguese palanquim, from Oriya pālaṅki, based on Sanskrit palyanka bed, couch.