can·​dle·​pin | \ ˈkan-dᵊl-ˌpin How to pronounce candlepin (audio) \

Definition of candlepin

1 : a slender bowling pin tapering toward top and bottom
2 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 Burkhead capped it with a nifty second-effort run as Bills defenders bounced off him like candlepins belted by a runaway bowling ball., "Patriots deny Bills, capture 11th straight AFC East title - The Boston Globe," 22 Dec. 2019 Brady knocked down a surprised White like a bowling bowl crashing into an unwitting candlepin., "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 22 Dec. 2019 Come for the candlepin bowling, stay for some of the wildest death scenes ever put to paper. David Canfield,, "The 10 best books of 2019," 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, "Summer’s Not Over Yet! 8 Ways to Extend Your Vacation," 2 Sep. 2019 Lee also enjoyed candlepin bowling, was a member of the Women's Club of Pittsfield, and of a Wednesday card club. Hartford Courant,, "Leocadia V. Szymanski," 7 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of candlepin

1901, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Candlepin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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