[jir-uh n-dohl]


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.

Also gi·ran·do·la [ji-ran-dl-uh] /dʒɪˈræn dl ə/.

Origin of girandole

1625–35; < French < Italian girandola, derivative of girare to turn in a circle < Latin gȳrāre, derivative of gȳrus a circle < Greek gŷros Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for girandole

Historical Examples of girandole

  • It was intended to be a sort of cross between the girandole and the war-rocket.

  • Generally they assumed the girandole shape hung with pear-shaped pendants.


    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

    Rafael Sabatini

  • I have seen a set of cut-glass sent to Calcutta for the purpose, or a girandole, too handsome for Brazilian purchasers.

  • The empanelled walls were white, with here a gilt mirror, flanked on either side by a girandole in ormolu.

    The Lion's Skin

    Rafael Sabatini

British Dictionary definitions for girandole


girandola (dʒɪˈrændələ)


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 for girandole

C17: from French, from Italian girandola, from girare to revolve, from Latin gӯrāre to gyrate
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper