[chand-ler, chahnd-]
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  1. a person who makes or sells candles and sometimes other items of tallow or wax, as soap.
  2. a dealer or trader in supplies, provisions, etc., of a specialized type: a ship chandler.
  3. a retailer of provisions, groceries, etc.

Origin of chandler

1275–1325; Middle English chandeler candlestick, maker or seller of candles < Anglo-French, Old French chandelier, literally, someone or something connected with candles, equivalent to chandelle candle + -ier -ier2


[chand-ler, chahnd-]
  1. Charles Frederick,1836–1925, U.S. scientist, educator, and public-health expert.
  2. Raymond (Thornton),1888–1959, U.S. writer of detective novels.
  3. a town in central Arizona. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. a dealer in a specified trade or merchandisecorn chandler; ship's chandler
  2. a person who makes or sells candles
  3. British obsolete a retailer of grocery provisions; shopkeeper

Word Origin for chandler

C14: from Old French chandelier one who makes or deals in candles, from chandelle candle


  1. Raymond (Thornton). 1888–1959, US thriller writer: created Philip Marlowe, one of the first detective heroes in fiction
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Word Origin and History for chandler

"maker or seller of candles," late 14c., attested as a surname from late 13c. (also, from early 14c. "candle-holder;" see chandelier), from Old French chandelier (n.2) "candle-maker, candle-seller; person in charge of lighting a household, monastery, etc.," from Latin candelarius, from candela "candle" (see candle). Native candleman is attested from mid-13c.

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