[kan-dl-ah-bruh, -dl-ey-]

noun, plural can·de·la·bras for 2.

a plural of candelabrum.


[kan-dl-ah-bruh m, -ab-ruh m]

noun, plural can·de·la·bra [kan-dl-ah-bruh, -ab-ruh] /ˌkæn dlˈɑ brə, -ˈæb rə/, can·de·la·brums.

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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for candelabra

Contemporary Examples of candelabra

Historical Examples of candelabra

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

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman

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

  • Her husband clung to the candelabra and burst into a violent perspiration.

  • The Chteau was lit up with lamps and candelabra in every part.

    The Golden Dog

    William Kirby

  • Carmen snatched the candelabra, and they passed through the door.

British Dictionary definitions for candelabra



noun plural -bra (-brə), -brums or -bras

a large branched candleholder or holder for overhead lights

Word Origin for candelabrum

C19: from Latin, from candēla candle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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