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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.
1655-65; < French: literally, something that holds candles; see chandler
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chandeliered, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for chandeliers
  • As floodwaters rose, she and others survived by clinging to the church's chandeliers and floating on church pews.
  • The lobby impresses with cream-colored pillars, elaborately carved high ceilings and ornate metal chandeliers.
  • The grand salon main room features dark wood flooring, four chandeliers and the couches, eclectic tables and lamps.
  • Six windows facing the courtyard and four crystal chandeliers light the room.
  • The three-tiered chandeliers, which are original to the room, feature etched globes.
  • Six windows on the courtyard wall and four crystal chandeliers light the room.
  • The prices of the five chandeliers that are set in eyecatching heavy display type refer to those fixtures with two lights only.
  • Not only must it be strong enough to support the chandeliers, but the loss of any rubber band must also be tolerated.
  • The crystal chandelier is actually two chandeliers made into one, and the molding on the ceiling was highlighted by gold leafing.
  • The room's chandeliers are replicas of the turn-of-the-century gasoliers that formerly adorned the room.
British Dictionary definitions for chandeliers


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 chandeliers



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 chandeliers


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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