can·dle·light | \ˈkan-dᵊl-ˌ(l)īt \

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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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 Friday ▪ The annual Midwood Maynia Festival and Home & Garden Tour kicks off from 6 to 8 p.m. with a candlelight tour. Courtney Devores, charlotteobserver, "Your 5-minute guide to the best things to do in Charlotte | May 4-10 | Charlotte Observer," 2 May 2018 Our favorite stop, at week's end, was the every-Friday-evening candlelight tour of the Baldwin Home Museum, at Front and Dickenson streets, a historic missionary home and the oldest house still standing on Maui. Brian J. Cantwell,, "Rainy day on Maui? Here are 5 great things to do beyond the beach," 24 Apr. 2018 Cook’s family is holding a candlelight vigil at 7 p.m. Thursday in the area where her remains were discovered. Max Cohen,, "$1,000 reward offered for clues in death of South Jersey woman who was dismembered and burned," 11 July 2018 His death rocked the Boone County community and thousands turned out for memorial services, candlelight vigils and his funeral. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Authorities charge 2 more men in death of Boone County Deputy Jacob Pickett," 11 July 2018 More than 100 grieving family and friends held a candlelight vigil Wednesday night, trying to make sense of the loss and begging the public for tips that will lead to an arrest in the fatal drive-by shooting. Wayne K. Roustan,, "Teen killed in drive-by shooting wanted to be a lawyer," 6 July 2018 Community groups have been raising money for the victims, and a candlelight vigil was planned Monday night. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Boise promises 'kindness for those fleeing violence' after attack on refugee children," 2 July 2018 During the evening, a large crowd turned up for a candlelight vigil outside Rosa’s Station 10. Alene Tchekmedyian,, "Firefighter shot dead while 'doing what all first responders are called to do — help those in need'," 26 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 \

Kids Definition of candlelight

: the light of a candle They dined by candlelight.

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