can·​de·​la·​bra | \ˌkan-də-ˈlä-brə, sometimes -ˈla- \

Definition of candelabra 

: a branched candlestick or lamp with several lights

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Some people continue to opt for formal chandeliers that incorporate tiers of crystals or candelabras, but there are casual styles that are made of iron or bronze that can give the dining room an industrial or antique farmhouse look. Detroit Free Press, "6 ways to make the most of your dining room space," 21 June 2018 This chapel was smaller by far, but cozy and welcoming, with sprays of flowers and two candelabra sporting faux candles. Alex Pulaski,, "Say 'I do' and save money? Whoever thought you'd say that in the same sentence? But a cruise means both can happen," 10 June 2018 The 400 guests perched on mirrored cubes amid the great stone ruins to watch the show after nightfall, the runway strafed by fire and lit by the flickering of iron candelabras with elaborate scrollwork. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Gucci Has a Rave in a Cemetery," 31 May 2018 Kelsey Grammer was a perfect fit as the debonair talking candelabra Lumiere. Keith Caulfield, Billboard, "'Beauty and the Beast' in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl: 8 Animated Highlights," 26 May 2018 Picnics can be as simple as PB&J on a park bench or a full spread with candelabras on a handmade quilt on the lawn at Tanglewood. Karen Campbell,, "Picnics with pizzazz," 5 June 2018 Flames and fire divide the runway which features candles burning on iron candelabras for the #GucciCruise19 fashion show on the Promenade Des Alyscamps in Arles., "Gucci's Latest Collection Will Give You Goosebumps," 31 May 2018 The brand is inspired by the underground music and arts scene, and that aesthetic informs pieces like its slender steel trays and brushed brass candelabras. Kavita Daswani,, "Bring a little royal wedding sparkle home," 17 May 2018 Her hat boxes, candelabra, rocking chair and rugs maintain the sect’s spare style but have been stripped of all utility, retooling a functional craft tradition for a realm of pure aesthetics. New York Times, "What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week," 10 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of candelabra

: an object with several branches for holding candles or lights


can·​de·​la·​bra | \ˌkan-də-ˈlä-brə, -ˈla-\

Kids Definition of candelabra

: a candlestick or lamp that has several branches for lights

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