a decorative, sometimes ornate, light fixture suspended from a ceiling, usually having branched supports for a number of lights.

1655–65; < French: literally, something that holds candles; see chandler

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chandelier (ˌʃændɪˈlɪə)
an ornamental hanging light with branches and holders for several candles or bulbs
[C17: from French: candleholder, from Latin candelabrum]

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., chaundeler, from O.Fr. chandelabre "candlestick," from L. candelabrum, from candela "candle" (see candle). Re-spelled c.1736 in French fashion; during 17c. the French spelling referred to a military device.
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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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Example sentences
Yao, accompanied by a bodyguard about half his size, narrowly missed colliding
  with a chandelier hanging from the high ceiling.
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.
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