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[kan-dl-ah-bruh m, -ab-ruh m]
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noun, plural can·de·la·bra [kan-dl-ah-bruh, -ab-ruh] /ˌkæn dlˈɑ brə, -ˈæb rə/, can·de·la·brums.
  1. an ornamental branched holder for more than one candle.
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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
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Related Words for candelabrum

candelabra, sconce, pricket, candelabrum, menorah, crown, corona, luster, candleholder, gasolier

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Historical Examples of candelabrum

  • The wax-candles of the candelabrum in front of her were flickering in the wind.

    Sentimental Education Vol 1

    Gustave Flaubert

  • This from the 'Candelabrum' is only eight lines in length, but full of venom.

  • Blow out all the candles except the candelabrum on the table.

  • Quick as a passing sunshadow, his hand swept the candelabrum from the table.

    Hearts and Masks

    Harold MacGrath

  • The speaker lowered the candelabrum and set it upon the table.

    Sir Mortimer

    Mary Johnston

British Dictionary definitions for candelabrum



noun plural -bra (-brə), -brums or -bras
  1. a large branched candleholder or holder for overhead lights
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Word Origin for candelabrum

C19: from Latin, from candēla candle
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Word Origin and History for candelabrum


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.

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