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
Recent Examples on the Web On Friday night, dozens of police officers and local residents gathered for a candlelight vigil outside St. Vincent Hospital., 5 June 2021 The city’s authorities, for the second year running, banned a candlelight vigil in Victoria Park in Hong Kong, warning that attendance could lead to five years’ imprisonment. Vivian Wang, New York Times, 4 June 2021 A month of events, including a reconciliation symposium and unveiling of the Greenwood Art Project, will culminate at 10:30 p.m. tonight with a candlelight vigil marking the moment the first gunshot rang out. NBC News, 31 May 2021 More civic activities are planned for Monday and Tuesday, including a candlelight vigil and a visit by President Joe Biden. Peter Smith, ajc, 30 May 2021 More civic activities are planned for Monday and Tuesday, including a candlelight vigil and a visit by President Biden., 30 May 2021 The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China planned to hold a candlelight vigil in Victoria Park next Friday. NBC News, 29 May 2021 Demonstrators will then march south on Church Street to Big Spring Park for a candlelight vigil. Ashley Remkus |, al, 25 May 2021 Crowds swelled on a warm afternoon at the south side intersection, despite a jarring moment earlier in the day as activists were setting up for a gathering culminating with a candlelight vigil. Zoë Jackson, Star Tribune, 25 May 2021

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First Known Use of candlelight

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

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14 Jun 2021

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“Candlelight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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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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