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[shan-dl-eer] /ˌʃæn dlˈɪər/
a decorative, sometimes ornate, light fixture suspended from a ceiling, usually having branched supports for a number of lights.
Origin of chandelier
1655-65; < French: literally, something that holds candles; see chandler
Related forms
chandeliered, adjective Unabridged
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  • These were connected by a flexible cord to a plug which he could insert in place of a lamp in the chandelier.

  • He turned toward the hall door as if with the intention of lighting the chandelier.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • Lucy was radiant in smiles and blue ribbons, under the light of the chandelier.

  • She stood under the chandelier, and he saw at once the ravages that trouble had made in her.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • In a room on this floor, which was brilliantly lighted by four gas jets blazing from the chandelier, nine people were seated.

    A Woman at Bay Nicholas Carter
  • The house was merely lighted by a chandelier from the centre.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • From the magnificently painted ceiling, a chandelier of brass repousse work hangs from the claws of a hovering eagle.

    Serge Panine, Complete Georges Ohnet
British Dictionary definitions for chandelier


an ornamental hanging light with branches and holders for several candles or bulbs
Word Origin
C17: from French: candleholder, from Latin candelabrum
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Word Origin and History for chandelier

late 14c., chaundeler "candlestick, chandelier," from Old French chandelier (n.1), 12c., earlier chandelabre "candlestick, candelabrum" (10c.), from Latin candelabrum, from candela "candle" (see candle). Re-spelled mid-18c. in French fashion; during 17c. the French spelling referred to a military device.

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