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[kan-dl-ah-bruh, -dl-ey-] /ˌkæn dlˈɑ brə, -dlˈeɪ-/
noun, plural candelabras for 2.
a plural of candelabrum.


[kan-dl-ah-bruh m, -ab-ruh m] /ˌkæn dlˈɑ brəm, -ˈæb rəm/
noun, plural candelabra
[kan-dl-ah-bruh, -ab-ruh] /ˌkæn dlˈɑ brə, -ˈæb rə/ (Show IPA),
an ornamental branched holder for more than one candle.
Origin of candelabrum
1805-15; < Latin candēlābrum candlestick, equivalent to candēl(a) candle + -abrum, variant (after stems with an -l-) of -bulum suffix of instruments; -ā- by analogy with deverbal derivatives Unabridged
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  • Here, brilliant with candelabra, was set out a great table, from which an expensive collation was served by more gorgeous footmen.

    Mrs. Darrell Foxcroft Davis
  • Her husband clung to the candelabra and burst into a violent perspiration.

  • Such candle holders have been found in Etruscan graves, but the candelabra met with at Pompeii were all designed to carry lamps.

  • His high, narrow forehead shone in the light of the candelabra.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • Father Peter's last blow with the candelabra had been aimed at his head, but Likovay caught it with his hand, and so maimed it.

  • The plaster began to fly and some candelabra came to the floor with a crash.

  • A fire burned on the hearth, and a dozen perfumed wax-lights in candelabra.

    The Queen's Necklace Alexandre Dumas pre
British Dictionary definitions for candelabra


noun (pl) -bra (-brə), -brums, -bras
a large branched candleholder or holder for overhead lights
Word Origin
C19: from Latin, from candēlacandle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for candelabra



1811, from Latin candelabrum, which meant "candlestick," from candela (see candle). Old English had candeltreow "candle-tree" in same sense. The word was borrowed earlier (late 14c.) from Old French as chaundelabre with the Latin sense. Candelabra is the Latin plural.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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