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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Late Saturday, some residents here, mostly young men and women, held an impromptu candlelight vigil along the border, close to the spot where Pope Francis celebrated an outdoor Mass in 2016, hailing the role of immigrants in global society. Los Angeles Times, "Despite El Paso shooting, residents of neighboring Juarez, Mexico, say they won’t stop crossing," 4 Aug. 2019 Now, after a week of candlelight vigils and national headlines, the community is little closer to understanding why such a horrific act of gun violence had targeted their town. Jason Green, The Mercury News, "Gilroy shooter left little impression on classmates, community," 4 Aug. 2019 Names of some of those lost to overdose in Connecticut will be spoken during a candlelight vigil., "Community News For The Vernon Edition," 2 Aug. 2019 There's also the candlelight vigil on Thursday, August 15th, a gathering at the gates of Graceland, that every Elvis fan should see at least once in his or her lifetime. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "The Best Elvis Week 2019 Events at Graceland," 1 Aug. 2019 On Monday night, hundreds of residents held a candlelight vigil to mourn a 6-year-old boy, a 13-year-old girl and a New York college graduate who were slain . Julie Watson,, "California town pledges to remain strong in wake of shooting," 30 July 2019 The Saturday after Jespersen and Ueland’s bodies were discovered, hundreds of Moroccans gathered for candlelight vigils outside the Danish and Norwegian embassies. Rachel Monroe, Outside Online, "Last winter, Moroccan officials found two hikers dead on the trail to the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains. The international investigation that followed revealed the fragility of the adventure travel economy, as well as what happens when a small tourist hub is suddenly made strange by violence.," 29 July 2019 Friends and family gathered Monday to honor Stuckey at a candlelight vigil. Erin Donaghue, CBS News, "Police investigating possible hate crime in transgender woman's death," 23 July 2019 Murray and other members of the Parkdale High School baseball team organized a candlelight vigil last weekend to honor Luis. Laurel Demkovich,, "Friends remember Morgan State student Manuel Luis Jr. as the ‘light’ in any situation," 22 July 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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