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chandelier

[shan-dl-eer] /ˌʃæn dlˈɪər/
noun
1.
a decorative, sometimes ornate, light fixture suspended from a ceiling, usually having branched supports for a number of lights.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; < French: literally, something that holds candles; see chandler
Related forms
chandeliered, adjective
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Examples for chandelier
  • Yao, accompanied by a bodyguard about half his size, narrowly missed colliding with a chandelier hanging from the high ceiling.
  • The crystal chandelier is actually two chandeliers made into one, and the molding on the ceiling was highlighted by gold leafing.
  • Maybe one of them will want to snuggle up under the chandelier here, or even take out the garbage.
  • To that end, one of his next projects is an elaborate chandelier.
  • Cover chandelier lanterns with tissue paper to create a soft glow.
  • He can take a piece of wire and a few cigarettes and turn them into a chandelier.
  • Then you'll hear the turnbuckles knocking and you can see movement in the chandelier.
  • Essentially, it is a tribute to the notion of a human chandelier.
  • Champagne flutes shatter, monocles crack and the chandelier explodes as the power of her voice wreaks havoc on the concert hall.
  • Instead of the monster desk, a blonde wood table and chairs gleam beneath the dining room chandelier.
British Dictionary definitions for chandelier

chandelier

/ˌʃændɪˈlɪə/
noun
1.
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
n.

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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Encyclopedia Article for chandelier

a branched candleholder-or, in modern times, electric-light holder-suspended from the ceiling. Hanging candleholders made of wood or iron and simply shaped were used in Anglo-Saxon churches before the Norman Conquest (1066). In the 12th and 13th centuries huge openwork hoops of iron or bronze supported numerous prickets (spikes) for candles.

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