[chand-luh-ree, chahnd-]

noun, plural chan·dler·ies.

a storeroom for candles.
the warehouse, wares, or business of a chandler.

Origin of chandlery

First recorded in 1595–1605; chandler + -y3 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chandlery

Historical Examples of chandlery

  • How are you gettin' on, and how is the chandlery bis'ness likely to do?

    The Pickwick Papers

    Charles Dickens

  • My boy, you and I will get a slate and pencil before we go into such a chandlery operation!

  • No; you're just in time for the biggest bargain in the chandlery line that anybody ever 'ad a chance of.

    The Nest Egg

    W.W. Jacobs

  • The forecastle was lumbered with ship's chandlery, the hold nigh full of rice, the lazarette crowded with the teas and silks.

    The Wrecker

    Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

  • I had sore worries myself in the money line until poor Dredge made his fortune in the chandlery business.

British Dictionary definitions for chandlery


noun plural -dleries

the business, warehouse, or merchandise of a chandler
a place where candles are kept
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Word Origin and History for chandlery

c.1600, from Middle French chandelerie, from chandelier (see chandler).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper