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[chand-luh-ree, chahnd-] /ˈtʃænd lə ri, ˈtʃɑnd-/
noun, plural chandleries.
a storeroom for candles.
the warehouse, wares, or business of a chandler.
Origin of chandlery
First recorded in 1595-1605; chandler + -y3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for chandlery
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  • How are you gettin' on, and how is the chandlery bis'ness likely to do?

    The Pickwick Papers Charles Dickens
  • My boy, you and I will get a slate and pencil before we go into such a chandlery operation!

  • No; you're just in time for the biggest bargain in the chandlery line that anybody ever 'ad a chance of.

    The Nest Egg W.W. Jacobs
  • The forecastle was lumbered with ship's chandlery, the hold nigh full of rice, the lazarette crowded with the teas and silks.

    The Wrecker Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne
  • I had sore worries myself in the money line until poor Dredge made his fortune in the chandlery business.

    The Palace Beautiful L. T. Meade
  • “And leave off his evil ways, and set up in the chandlery line, arterwards,” said the housemaid.

British Dictionary definitions for chandlery


noun (pl) -dleries
the business, warehouse, or merchandise of a chandler
a place where candles are kept
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for chandlery

c.1600, from Middle French chandelerie, from chandelier (see chandler).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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