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[jir-uh n-dohl] /ˈdʒɪr ənˌdoʊl/
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, girandola
[ji-ran-dl-uh] /dʒɪˈræn dl ə/ (Show IPA)
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
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Examples from the Web for girandole
Historical Examples
  • 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
  • It was intended to be a sort of cross between the girandole and the war-rocket.

  • A witty writer says that dessert should be "the girandole, or cunning tableau of the dinner."

    The Art of Entertaining M. E. W. Sherwood
  • Generally they assumed the girandole shape hung with pear-shaped pendants.

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

  • 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
  • The sounds of shivering glass as a girandole crashed from its joining met their ears.

British Dictionary definitions for girandole


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
C17: from French, from Italian girandola, from girare to revolve, from Latin gӯrāre to gyrate
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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).

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