can·​dle·​light | \ ˈkan-dᵊl-ˌ(l)īt How to pronounce candlelight (audio) \

Definition of candlelight

1a : the light of a candle
b : a soft artificial light
2 : the time for lighting candles : twilight

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Examples of candlelight in a Sentence

at candlelight carolers would gather in the village green before beginning their stroll

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With candlelight illuminating the contours of her face, Elsa Hosk, the ice blonde supermodel, described the thrill of her first-ever couture show. Ian Malone, Vogue, "Kendall, Hailey, Cara! Models Galore Came Out to the Opening of Edition Hotels’s Times Square Outpost," 13 Mar. 2019 Historic stone walls, gentle candlelight and top-notch service make this a date night must. San Antonio Express-News, "Bella on the River," 8 Mar. 2018 Events on Thursday, including art displays, tree plantings and candlelight vigils, honored those who died. Arian Campo-flores, WSJ, "A Year After Parkland Shooting, Communities Reflect," 14 Feb. 2019 Built in 1931 to support skiing and mountaineering in the Canadian Rockies, the lodge lacks running water or electricity, but comes with other luxuries, like great, hearty meals served by candlelight and crackling fires. Brigid Mander, WSJ, "5 Flat-Out Ideal Cross-Country Ski Getaways," 5 Dec. 2018 Buzzfeed reported that the Berkeley, California resident's cause of death was (and still is, at the time of reporting) unknown, but that a candlelight vigil to honor his life would be held in Berkeley on Thursday, November 29. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, "Brandon Moore, Creator of the "What Are Those?" Vine, Has Died at 31," 28 Nov. 2018 Buy Photo There won’t be any seductive music or candlelight. Diane Mastrull,, "Forget love. This new matchmaking venture gets tech devices to market," 25 Apr. 2018 Snowshoe or hike by candlelight at Rib Mountain State Park from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 3. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "World's Longest Weenie Roast, Bald Eagle Watching Day and more to do around Wisconsin this week," 25 Feb. 2018 The event continues Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Scheduled activities include a re-enactment of the Battle of Champion Hill and the Siege of Vicksburg, candlelight tours, a cannon night fire and military drill and parades. Gloria Casas, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin Civil War Experience offers window to both national and local history," 9 June 2018

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First Known Use of candlelight

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

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The first known use of candlelight was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of candlelight

: the light of a candle


can·​dle·​light | \ ˈkan-dᵊl-ˌlīt How to pronounce candlelight (audio) \

Kids Definition of candlelight

: the light of a candle They dined by candlelight.

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