candelabra

noun
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 Another blast of wind whipped the magenta drapery into the Corinthian column that held the candelabra, which crashed into the Unicorn Queen, who toppled inelegantly to the floor. Doug Maccash, NOLA.com, "The lush yet loungy 'Mystic Krewe of Unicorns' Mardi Gras float house is a masterpiece," 4 Feb. 2021 The Maplewood mother of five adult children never puts away her kinara, the candelabra that's central to any observance of Kwanzaa. Rohan Preston Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Kwanzaa takes on special poignancy after the killing of George Floyd," 18 Dec. 2020 Each day of the festival is dedicated to a specific principle, marked by lighting a new candle on the kinara, a seven-branched candelabra. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "The seven principles of Kwanzaa," 26 Dec. 2020 And their candelabra canopy slows snowmelt, helping to regulate runoff and mitigate spring flooding and summer drought, important to drinking and agricultural water supplies. Jim Morrison, Wired, "A Bold Plan to Save the Last Whitebark Pines," 24 Dec. 2020 The wariest deer in the timber does not wear a candelabra on its head, but a set of donkey ears. Scott Bestul, Field & Stream, "F&S Classics: Lost Soul," 16 Dec. 2020 Hanukkah is observed by lighting candles on a nine-branched candelabra called a menorah over eight nights. USA Today, "Is it Hanukkah or Chanukah? Why the Jewish holiday has multiple spellings," 9 Dec. 2020 Instead, the piece is most commonly used as either a mantel garniture (there were two matching pieces that often came with it, small compotes for the garniture) or as a table centerpiece (often with two diminutive candelabra). Helaine Fendelman And Joe Rosson, Star Tribune, "Damage to grandmother's centerpiece is a value killer," 1 Dec. 2020 More options: Mark the first night of Hanukkah (Dec. 10) with an outdoor concert and lighting of the largest menorah in Brooklyn — and the biggest candelabra allowed by Jewish law — at Grand Army Plaza. Washington Post, "NYC for the holidays: The city’s classic traditions have been tweaked for the times," 19 Nov. 2020

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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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“Candelabra.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/candelabra. Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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candelabra

noun

English Language Learners Definition of candelabra

: an object with several branches for holding candles or lights

candelabra

noun
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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