[kan-dl-ah-bruh, -dl-ey-]
noun, plural candelabras for 2.
a plural of candelabrum. Unabridged


[kan-dl-ah-bruhm, -ab-ruhm]
noun, plural candelabra [kan-dl-ah-bruh, -ab-ruh] , candelabrums.
an ornamental branched holder for more than one candle.

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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candelabrum or candelabra (ˌkændɪˈlɑːbrəm)
n , pl -bra, -brums, -bras
a large branched candleholder or holder for overhead lights
[C19: from Latin, from candēlacandle]
candelabra or candelabra (ˌkændɪˈlɑːbrəm, -brə)
[C19: from Latin, from candēlacandle]

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Word Origin & History

1811, from L. candelabrum, which meant "candlestick," from candela (see candle). O.E. had candeltreow "candle-tree" in same sense. The word was borrowed earlier (late 14c.) from O.Fr. as chaundelabre with the Latin sense.
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in architecture, a decorative motif derived from the pedestal or shaft used to support a lamp or candle. The Romans, developing Hellenistic precedents, made candelabra of great decorative richness. Two Roman types are found. The simpler consists of a slender shaft, often fluted, supported on a spreading base of animals' feet and acanthus scrolls and carrying a flat shelf with vaselike moldings. The multitude of such candelabra found in Pompeii proves them to have been a common form of household decoration. The more monumental type, made of marble or bronze and used in public buildings, had for the base a pedestal resembling a little altar, which carried a heavy shaft frequently decorated with row on row of acanthus leaves. The lavishness of such examples was imitated in works by Renaissance artists.

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Example sentences
The shutters, shelf bracket, and candelabra on the shelf were all garage-sale
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.
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