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[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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  • Or, again, the inscription-band may be cut out and kept in the church, or used as the ring of a candelabrum.

    Church Bells H. B. Walters
  • The wax-candles of the candelabrum in front of her were flickering in the wind.

    Sentimental Education Vol 1 Gustave Flaubert
  • As she sat there beneath the glare of the candelabrum she positively blazed with gems.

    Dead Man's Rock Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • This from the 'candelabrum' is only eight lines in length, but full of venom.

  • The speaker lowered the candelabrum and set it upon the table.

    Sir Mortimer Mary Johnston
  • We love the candelabrum with candles, with its finely, fashioned brass forms, Dutch and English.

    Chats on Old Clocks Arthur Hayden
  • "Put the candelabrum on this table—here," said Mrs. Kildair, indicating a large round table on which a few books were grouped.

    Murder in Any Degree Owen Johnson
  • The candles in the candelabrum were already half burned down when Fran Dubois at last urged going to rest.

  • The lights in the candelabrum were out, but a gray light came in at the top and bottom of the window.

    The Land of the Changing Sun William N. Harben
  • The candelabrum here given (Fig. 297) represents a style of work once very much in vogue at Dresden.

    The Ceramic Art Jennie J. Young
British Dictionary definitions for candelabrum


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 candelabrum

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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