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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The bony structures include four candelabras, a family crest, and several streamers of bones cascading down from the ceiling. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "Creepy Catacombs, Islands of Dolls, and 18 Other Terrifying Places for Thrill Seekers," 4 Sep. 2019 Emarie has long experience in event planning, and the eclectic table decor mixes elegant with rustic – think candelabras and sunflowers. Georgeanne Brennan, The Mercury News, "Yolo County’s pop-up feasts capture the art of farm-to-fork dining," 29 Aug. 2019 The next two photos share a look at the elaborate assembly required of the ornate candelabras, while two more show the royal florists hard at work crafting the pretty floral centerpieces. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Royal Family Shares Rare Look at What Goes into Hosting a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace," 5 June 2019 But there are plenty of models out there without gaudy candelabra lights and annoyingly long pull chains. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "The 8 Best Ceiling Fans for Silent Yet Powerful Airflow," 19 Aug. 2019 Bright orange leather banquets and other modern touches (like gorgeous wood chairs) share space with repurposed antiques and candelabras. Daliah Singer, The Know, "Restaurant review: The food satisfies, but Jovanina’s good looks are what really entice diners," 6 Aug. 2019 Tables with mile-high floral extravaganzas and candelabras stretching as far as a carefully mascara’d eye can see! Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "Cartier Celebrates Its Latest Collection With a Lavish Parisian Fete," 19 Apr. 2019 Industry groups, which support the move, say Congress never intended to regulate candelabra, reflector bulbs and round globe bulbs as general service lamps, which will be subject to a new 45-lumen standard as of Jan. 1, 2020. Benjamin Storrow, Scientific American, "Proposed Energy Efficiency Rules Could Slow Emissions Reductions," 17 June 2019 My husband was badly burned when a candelabra fell on his head and instantly engulfed him in flames. Jiji Lee, The New Yorker, "The Most Authentic Bistro in Paris," 4 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of candelabra

: an object with several branches for holding candles or lights


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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