from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A covered litter carried on poles on the shoulders of four or more bearers, formerly used in eastern Asia.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A covered type of litter for a stretched-out passenger, carried on four poles on the shoulders of four or more bearers, as formerly used (also by colonials) in eastern Asia.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An inclosed carriage or litter, commonly about eight feet long, four feet wide, and four feet high, borne on the shoulders of men by means of two projecting poles, -- used in India, China, etc., for the conveyance of a single person from place to place.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A covered conveyance, generally for one person, used in India and elsewhere in the East, borne by means of poles on the shoulders of four or six men.
- To be carried in a palanquin: sometimes with it.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a closed litter carried on the shoulders of four bearers
Portuguese palanquim, from Javanese pelangki, from Pali pallaṅko, from Sanskrit paryaṅkaḥ, palyaṅkaḥ, couch, bed.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Portuguese palanquim, ultimately from Sanskrit पल्यङ्क (paly-aṅka, "bed, couch, bedstead"). (Wiktionary)