can·​dle·​pin ˈkan-dᵊl-ˌpin How to pronounce candlepin (audio)
: a slender bowling pin tapering toward top and bottom
candlepins plural in form but singular in construction : a bowling game using candlepins and a smaller ball than that used in tenpins

Examples of candlepin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Duckpin is largely similar to candlepin. Brendan Connelly, The Enquirer, 28 June 2022 On Wednesday, Tunney argued that the extension was necessary to the survival of the old-school candlepin bowling alley, which has been in his family for three decades. Diti Kohli,, 5 Jan. 2023 For something more active, head down the street to Sacco’s Bowl Haven for New England-style candlepin bowling, local beers, and crispy flatbreads. Shaan Merchant, Condé Nast Traveler, 12 May 2022 In between candlepin and standard 10-pin bowling is a variation known as duckpin, which has grown in popularity thanks to local spots like Pins Mechanical Co. and Hoppin' Vines. Brendan Connelly, The Enquirer, 28 June 2022 Burkhead capped it with a nifty second-effort run as Bills defenders bounced off him like candlepins belted by a runaway bowling ball., 22 Dec. 2019 Brady knocked down a surprised White like a bowling bowl crashing into an unwitting candlepin., 22 Dec. 2019 Come for the candlepin bowling, stay for some of the wildest death scenes ever put to paper. David Canfield,, 5 Dec. 2019 The recreation center has vintage candlepin bowling played with balls small enough for little hands to grip. Elaine Glusac, New York Times, 2 Sep. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of candlepin was in 1889

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“Candlepin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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