can·​de·​la·​bra | \ ˌkan-də-ˈlä-brə, sometimes -ˈla- How to pronounce candelabra (audio) \

Definition of candelabra

: a branched candlestick or lamp with several lights

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Recent Examples on the Web Lots of greenery, intertwining trees, and romantic candelabra helped transform the club into a scene out of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "So You Want to Get Married on Fifth Avenue?," 1 Oct. 2019 As the story goes, a tiny bit of oil lit the candles in the temple’s candelabra (menorah) for an entire eight nights. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Hanukkah table gets a Dairy State twist from a little-known Jewish heroine," 19 Dec. 2019 The suit challenges the rollbacks for five types of light bulbs: three-way incandescent lamps, shatter-resistant bulbs, floodlights, candelabra bulbs and incandescent reflector lamps. Bob Egelko,, "Lighting industry withdraws challenge to California’s new bulb efficiency standards," 15 Jan. 2020 Aurore took careful steps past a candelabra with blue candlesticks, a pyramid of green digestif glasses, and a miniature plaster nude on a fluted pillar. Zoey Poll, The New Yorker, "In France, Elder Care Comes with the Mail," 9 Oct. 2019 According to a 2013 review in The Baltimore Sun, the restaurant featured a 40-foot-long, 110-candle steel candelabra that Mr. Haas designed himself. Christina Tkacik,, "Mount Washington resident Robbin Haas, proprietor of Birroteca and well-traveled chef, dies," 18 Nov. 2019 In each of the two furthest corners of the room is an ebony stand in the shape of a column and bearing a candelabra of very odd design and a pink wax candle. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: An 1887 tour of the Villa Montezuma," 29 Sep. 2019 The 60-watt standard also takes effect nationwide Wednesday for many types of light bulbs, but not for five types: three-way incandescent lamps, shatter-resistant bulbs, floodlights, candelabra bulbs and incandescent reflector lamps. Bob Egelko,, "Ruling allows California to start enforcing efficiency standards for light bulbs," 31 Dec. 2019 Morandi’s elegant version of roast turkey and potatoes—was then served atop vibrant tables complete with lush velvet place settings, moody candelabras, and colorful gourds finished with fresh sprigs of rosemary. Vogue, "Frame Hosted a Cozy, Model-Filled Thanksgiving Dinner," 21 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of candelabra

1805, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for candelabra

alteration of Latin candelabrum, from candela

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The first known use of candelabra was in 1805

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29 Mar 2020

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“Candelabra.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of candelabra

: an object with several branches for holding candles or lights


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: a candlestick or lamp that has several branches for lights

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