the light of a candle.
a dim artificial light.
twilight; dusk.

Origin of candlelight

before 1000; Middle English candel-liht, Old English candel-lēoht. See candle, light1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of candlelight

Historical Examples of candlelight

  • He forgot, it seems, that phosphorus could not well be seen by candlelight.

  • It had lain so long in some darkened cellar that it seemed to blink in the candlelight.

  • One glance at her face in the candlelight seemed to tell all.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • The place was now lit up by candlelight and densely crowded.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • He swept off his hat, and the candlelight glinted on the steel buckle in front of it.


    Rafael Sabatini

British Dictionary definitions for candlelight



  1. the light from a candle or candlesthey ate by candlelight
  2. (as modifier)a candlelight dinner
dusk; evening
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Word Origin and History for candlelight

Old English candelleoht; from candle + light (n.).

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