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[shan-dl-eer] /ˌʃæn dlˈɪər/
a decorative, sometimes ornate, light fixture suspended from a ceiling, usually having branched supports for a number of lights.
Origin of chandelier
1655-65; < French: literally, something that holds candles; see chandler
Related forms
chandeliered, adjective Unabridged
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  • He turned toward the hall door as if with the intention of lighting the chandelier.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • She stood under the chandelier, and he saw at once the ravages that trouble had made in her.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • His Highness held the bottle at an oblique angle with the chandelier.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • The house was merely lighted by a chandelier from the centre.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • Under the blaze of the chandelier and amid a chorus of "Babs darling!"

    The Education of Eric Lane Stephen McKenna
  • He has risen now, and is standing under the chandelier, drawn to his full height.

    A War-Time Wooing

    Charles King
  • The edifice had a chandelier and candle sconces and two low galleries.

    Home Life in Colonial Days Alice Morse Earle
British Dictionary definitions for chandelier


an ornamental hanging light with branches and holders for several candles or bulbs
Word Origin
C17: from French: candleholder, from Latin candelabrum
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Word Origin and History for chandelier

late 14c., chaundeler "candlestick, chandelier," from Old French chandelier (n.1), 12c., earlier chandelabre "candlestick, candelabrum" (10c.), from Latin candelabrum, from candela "candle" (see candle). Re-spelled mid-18c. in French fashion; during 17c. the French spelling referred to a military device.

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