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[kan-dl-lahyt] /ˈkæn dlˌlaɪt/
the light of a candle.
a dim artificial light.
twilight; dusk.
Origin of candlelight
before 1000; Middle English candel-liht, Old English candel-lēoht. See candle, light1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for candlelight
  • People gathered in large yurts, the fire crackled and people told tales by candlelight.
  • Charity services, family services, carols by candlelight and sing-along concerts abound.
  • In many places, a lack of electricity means that cervical examinations are carried out haphazardly by candlelight.
  • The ultimate, scandal-inducing thrill was to view it by candlelight, which made it even more lifelike.
  • With their blues, deep reds and purples, these paintings look as though they were done by candlelight.
  • Reading by candlelight, if one was even literate and had access to books.
  • At night, soft candlelight or twinkling string lights make the walls glow with a satiny sheen.
  • Ay, but the colours do not look well by candlelight.
  • After knocking, he enters and sits down to a card game by candlelight.
  • In anticipation of the layoffs, students and faculty and staff members held a candlelight vigil last week.
British Dictionary definitions for candlelight


  1. the light from a candle or candles: they ate by candlelight
  2. (as modifier): a candlelight dinner
dusk; evening
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Word Origin and History for candlelight

Old English candelleoht; from candle + light (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for candlelight



Dusk or dawn

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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