- a rotating and radiating firework.
- an ornate bracket for candelabra or the like, sometimes with a reflecting mirror at the back of the shelf.
- a brooch or earring consisting of a central ornament with usually three smaller ornaments hanging from it.
Origin of girandole
Examples from the Web for girandole
It was intended to be a sort of cross between the girandole and the war-rocket.The Independence Day Horror at Killsbury
Asenath Carver Coolidge
Generally they assumed the girandole shape hung with pear-shaped pendants.Jewellery
H. Clifford Smith,
They were the only tenants of the room, which was small, cedar-panelled and lighted by a girandole of sparkling crystal.The Snare
I have seen a set of cut-glass sent to Calcutta for the purpose, or a girandole, too handsome for Brazilian purchasers.Journal of a Voyage to Brazil
The empanelled walls were white, with here a gilt mirror, flanked on either side by a girandole in ormolu.The Lion's Skin
- an ornamental branched wall candleholder, usually incorporating a mirror
- an earring or pendant having a central gem surrounded by smaller ones
- a kind of revolving firework
- artillery a group of connected mines
Word Origin and History for girandole
1630s, a type of fireworks; 1825 as a type of earring or pendant, from French girandole, from Italian girandola, diminutive of giranda "a revolving jet," from Latin gyrandus, gerundive of gyrare "to turn round in a circle, revolve" (see gyration).