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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Terry Sprague of Hillsborough, Calif., attended the candlelight vigil in McAllen with about 100 other people after delivering donations to migrants with volunteers from Bay Area Border Relief. Molly Hennessy-fiske,, "Migrants contemplate dangerous crossings despite border deaths and detention conditions," 30 June 2019 Bikers and others gathered on Wednesday night for a candlelight vigil for the victims of the New Hampshire motorcycle crash. Sarah Wu,, "Motorcyclists hold vigil for seven killed in crash," 27 June 2019 Censorship of the Hong Kong protests follows strenuous efforts about two weeks ago to erase all mention of Tiananmen, commemorated at a mass candlelight vigil in Hong Kong and reported on widely around the world. Robyn Dixon,, "The ‘Great Firewall’: China censors videos, social media posts of Hong Kong protests," 18 June 2019 Last Friday, mothers of young protesters staged a candlelight vigil that was reminiscent of the vigils that Hong Kongers hold every June to commemorate the Tiananmen Square demonstrators. Jiayang Fan, The New Yorker, "Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Backs Down, but the Protests Continue," 17 June 2019 Last week, hundreds of thousands in Hong Kong held a candlelight vigil for the victims of the Tiananmen Square massacre 30 years ago. Alex Ward, Vox, "What Hong Kong’s massive protests are really about," 11 June 2019 The annual candlelight vigil has been taking place in Hong Kong's Victoria Park since 1990. James Griffiths, CNN, "Mass protest in Hong Kong over law critics fear could allow China to snatch anyone," 8 June 2019 Earlier this month, McDonnell travelled to Hong Kong to cover a candlelight vigil marking 30 years since the People’s Liberation Army was ordered to open fire on student protesters in Tiananmen Square. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "How China's Most Popular App Spies on Users for Beijing," 8 June 2019 In Hong Kong, there was a candlelight vigil. -- A new UCLA economic forecast predicts California’s low unemployment rate should persist through the next two years, but the state’s generation of new jobs will lose steam., "Today: The Heartbreak of Homelessness Grows," 5 June 2019

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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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