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  1. a bowling pin that is almost cylindrical and can be set up on either end, used in a game resembling tenpins.
  2. candlepins, (used with a singular verb) the game played with such pins.

Origin of candlepin

First recorded in 1900–05; candle + pin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for candlepins

skittles, ninepins, candlepins, kegling

British Dictionary definitions for candlepins


  1. (functioning as singular) a type of bowling game, employing a smaller ball than tenpins, in which three balls are allowed to a frame and fallen pins are not removed from the alley


  1. a bowling pin, as used in skittles, tenpin bowling, candlepins, etc
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