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

Definition of candelabra

: a branched candlestick or lamp with several lights

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Examples of candelabra in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Israel’s national symbols — a biblical candelabra, the star of David on its flag — do not include Palestinian or Arab emblems and Israel's anthem speaks of the yearning of the Jewish soul. Tia Goldenberg,, 6 June 2022 There are lacy bonnets for vegetables, glass knife and fork rests shaped like pieces of hard candy and a candelabra made to hold eggs rather than candles. New York Times, 13 May 2022 Miami Beach home is covered in floor-to-ceiling marble, with a Louis XV mirror, Philippe Starck chair, and candelabra sculpture by Peter Tunney, making major impact in the luxurious space. Kelsey Mulvey, ELLE Decor, 3 May 2022 The stalk, which can reach 20 feet tall, is topped by a giant, candelabra-like inflorescence with numerous flower clusters bearing countless small, bright yellow blooms that produce large quantities of sweet nectar at night. Janet Marinelli, Wired, 19 Feb. 2022 Spencer Marks, the silver dealer based in Southampton, Mass., is showing a pair of four-light candelabra designed by Charles Osborne and made by Whiting around 1890. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 2 Apr. 2022 Flecks of light reflect off crystal candelabra and a high-hanging chandelier. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, 28 Mar. 2022 Vases, urns, sets of dishes, sculptures, chargers and candelabra abound. Helena Madden, Robb Report, 5 Mar. 2022 This bright white room with natural wood tones pops with bright and colorful pieces, like a green backsplash and yellow candelabra used as a centerpiece. Sunset Magazine, 20 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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“Candelabra.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of candelabra

: a candlestick or lamp that has several branches for lights


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