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[kan-dl-ah-bruh, -dl-ey-] /ˌkæn dlˈɑ brə, -dlˈeɪ-/
noun, plural candelabras for 2.
a plural of candelabrum.


[kan-dl-ah-bruh m, -ab-ruh m] /ˌkæn dlˈɑ brəm, -ˈæb rəm/
noun, plural candelabra
[kan-dl-ah-bruh, -ab-ruh] /ˌkæn dlˈɑ brə, -ˈæb rə/ (Show IPA),
an ornamental branched holder for more than one candle.
Origin of candelabrum
1805-15; < Latin candēlābrum candlestick, equivalent to candēl(a) candle + -abrum, variant (after stems with an -l-) of -bulum suffix of instruments; -ā- by analogy with deverbal derivatives Unabridged
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Examples from the web for candelabra
  • The shutters, shelf bracket, and candelabra on the shelf were all garage-sale finds.
  • At the top of one, thick smoke gushes from a candelabra of conduits, merging into a roiling cloud.
  • They were arranged down the center of the table and dramatically illuminated by gold and silver candelabra.
  • According to tradition, a candelabra was lit with only enough oil for one day, but it miraculously burned for eight days.
  • On the oak table, at which thirty people could have been seated with no difficulty, stood two silver candelabra.
  • It has quite a few small flowers near the upper part of the stem and they tend to form a loose, open, candelabra-shaped cluster.
  • Hot pink rose topiaries in vermeil cache-pots, with ball topiaries and crystal candelabra.
  • Sword left the candelabra for a short time to go to the kitchen to fix dinner.
  • candelabra, fruit and bon-bon dishes, and the flatware would also be of silver.
  • Wroughtiron candelabra are hinged with clasps to hold lighting tapers.
British Dictionary definitions for candelabra


noun (pl) -bra (-brə), -brums, -bras
a large branched candleholder or holder for overhead lights
Word Origin
C19: from Latin, from candēlacandle
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Word Origin and History for candelabra



1811, from Latin candelabrum, which meant "candlestick," from candela (see candle). Old English had candeltreow "candle-tree" in same sense. The word was borrowed earlier (late 14c.) from Old French as chaundelabre with the Latin sense. Candelabra is the Latin plural.

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