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[kan-dl-stik] /ˈkæn dlˌstɪk/
a device having a socket or a spike for holding a candle.
Origin of candlestick
before 1000; Middle English candelstikke, Old English candelsticca. See candle, stick1 Unabridged
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  • Then, quite suddenly, he snatched up a candlestick to hurl at Mr. Caryll.

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
  • You are looking more like a candlestick than you are looking like him.

    The O'Ruddy Stephen Crane
  • She half dropped her candlestick on the stone floor and sprang to the windlass.

    Bloom of Cactus Robert Ames Bennet
  • At one side of the clock was a small Bible, at the other a candlestick.

    Left on the Labrador Dillon Wallace
  • When I got near the bed I struck a match and looked for the candlestick.

    The Shrieking Pit Arthur J. Rees
  • "I notice that the candle in the candlestick is a wax one," said Colwyn.

    The Shrieking Pit Arthur J. Rees
British Dictionary definitions for candlestick


a holder, usually ornamental, with a spike or socket for a candle
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Word Origin and History for candlestick

Old English candelsticca; see candle + stick (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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