candle

1 of 2

noun

can·​dle ˈkan-dᵊl How to pronounce candle (audio)
plural candles
1
: a usually molded or dipped mass of wax or tallow containing a wick that may be burned (as to give light, heat, or scent or for celebration or votive purposes)
2
: something resembling a candle in shape or use
a sulfur candle for fumigating
3
: required effort, expense, or trouble
usually used in the phrase not worth the candle
4
5
: a thin, upright new shoot forming from a terminal bud on a pine tree in the spring
Pines grow from the branch tips, which elongate into "candles" in spring, then fatten into mature, needle-covered branches. To minimize pine growth, just pinch off the ends of the candles.Jim McCausland et al.

candle

2 of 2

verb

candled; candling ˈkan(d)-liŋ How to pronounce candle (audio)
ˈkan-dᵊl-iŋ

transitive verb

: to examine by holding between the eye and a light
especially : to test (eggs) in this way for staleness, blood clots, fertility, and growth
candler
ˈkan(d)-lər How to pronounce candle (audio)
ˈkan-dᵊl-ər
noun

Examples of candle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Light some candles, put on some chill tunes, grab a book—make your nightly bath a self-care moment. Hilary Tetenbaum, Detroit Free Press, 8 Apr. 2024 And increasingly, experts recognize that age is more than just the number of candles on a birthday cake. Brenda Goodman, CNN, 7 Apr. 2024 If Mom is into sustainable candles, then be sure to check out this DIY candle kit from Siblings. Moriah Mason, Southern Living, 5 Apr. 2024 Eclipse glasses were made out of shards of clear glass blackened over a candle. Olivia B. Waxman, TIME, 5 Apr. 2024 Gifting these candles is a way to provide moments of tranquility, allowing mothers to unwind and pamper themselves in the comfort of their own homes. Alexis Bennett Parker, Vogue, 5 Apr. 2024 When my mother was curating an enormous installation—constructed from church candles and cow bones—by Brazilian conceptual artist Cildo Meireles at MoMA, for example, feijoada brunches became a norm in our household. Nora Zelevansky, Condé Nast Traveler, 30 Mar. 2024 This is made easier by putting a playlist on, lighting candles, and burning incense. Debra Edwards, Essence, 21 Mar. 2024 One image showed a young woman smiling with a dessert topped with a celebratory candle. Caroline Haskins, WIRED, 25 Mar. 2024
Verb
Buy Now: liis reyes candle $65 Homesick Barbie Dreamhouse Candle Transform your home into Barbie’s Malibu Dreamhouse with this adorable candle from Homesick. Anna Tingley, Variety, 23 Feb. 2024 Add a beautiful vase or even candle to make it look considered. Claire Rutter, Rolling Stone, 12 Feb. 2024 Thousands of shoppers have given the Sparkling Cinnamon candle a perfect rating. Clara McMahon, Peoplemag, 16 Dec. 2023 In addition to the everyday dust, food smells, and candle smoke from both rooms, my cat Ginny also loves to lounge in that area, which means fur and dander are inevitable. Clara McMahon, Peoplemag, 30 July 2023 Duxiana candle $80 Lumen Metabolism Tracker This device measures the CO2 concentration in the breath to determine if the body is burning more fat or carbs on a scale of 1-5. People Staff, Peoplemag, 16 Mar. 2023 Learn proper siting and planting practices, observe techniques for candling pines to control size and review general care of dwarf conifers. Corey Sheldon | , oregonlive, 12 May 2023 The good news is, there’s an alternative: candle warmer lamps. Alanna Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 May 2023 According to an alert from the Food and Drug Administration, there is no evidence that ear candling is effective. Madeleine Burry, Health, 3 Mar. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English candel, from Old English, from Latin candela, from candēre

First Known Use

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1879, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of candle was before the 12th century

Dictionary Entries Near candle

Cite this Entry

“Candle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/candle. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

candle

1 of 2 noun
can·​dle ˈkan-dᵊl How to pronounce candle (audio)
1
: a mass of tallow or wax containing a wick that is burned to give light
2

candle

2 of 2 verb
candled; candling ˈkan-dliŋ How to pronounce candle (audio)
-dᵊl-iŋ
: to examine an egg by holding it between the eye and a light
candler
-dlər How to pronounce candle (audio)
-dᵊl-ər
noun
Etymology

Noun

Old English candel "candle," from Latin candela "candle," from candēre "to shine, be bright" — related to candid, candidate see Word History at candidate

Medical Definition

candle

noun
can·​dle ˈkan-dᵊl How to pronounce candle (audio)
1
: a medicated candle or lozenge used for fumigation
2
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