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girandole

[jir-uh n-dohl]
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noun
  1. a rotating and radiating firework.
  2. an ornate bracket for candelabra or the like, sometimes with a reflecting mirror at the back of the shelf.
  3. a brooch or earring consisting of a central ornament with usually three smaller ornaments hanging from it.
Also gi·ran·do·la [ji-ran-dl-uh] /dʒɪˈræn dl ə/.

Origin of girandole

1625–35; < French < Italian girandola, derivative of girare to turn in a circle < Latin gȳrāre, derivative of gȳrus a circle < Greek gŷros
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Examples from the Web for girandole

Historical Examples

  • It was intended to be a sort of cross between the girandole and the war-rocket.

    The Independence Day Horror at Killsbury

    Asenath Carver Coolidge

  • Generally they assumed the girandole shape hung with pear-shaped pendants.

    Jewellery

    H. Clifford Smith,

  • They were the only tenants of the room, which was small, cedar-panelled and lighted by a girandole of sparkling crystal.

    The Snare

    Rafael Sabatini

  • I have seen a set of cut-glass sent to Calcutta for the purpose, or a girandole, too handsome for Brazilian purchasers.

  • The empanelled walls were white, with here a gilt mirror, flanked on either side by a girandole in ormolu.

    The Lion's Skin

    Rafael Sabatini


British Dictionary definitions for girandole

girandole

girandola (dʒɪˈrændələ)

noun
  1. an ornamental branched wall candleholder, usually incorporating a mirror
  2. an earring or pendant having a central gem surrounded by smaller ones
  3. a kind of revolving firework
  4. artillery a group of connected mines

Word Origin

C17: from French, from Italian girandola, from girare to revolve, from Latin gӯrāre to gyrate
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Word Origin and History for girandole

n.

1630s, a type of fireworks; 1825 as a type of earring or pendant, from French girandole, from Italian girandola, diminutive of giranda "a revolving jet," from Latin gyrandus, gerundive of gyrare "to turn round in a circle, revolve" (see gyration).

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