can·​dle·​pow·​er ˈkan-dᵊl-ˌpau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce candlepower (audio)
: luminous intensity expressed in candelas
also : candela

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The crowd raised thousands of lit matches — a panorama of candlepower — and roared its approval. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Sep. 2022 There are 46 names listed, compared with 135 candidates in the 2003 recall; none possess the celebrity candlepower of Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger, who succeeded Davis. Los Angeles Times, 2 Sep. 2021 And the Lindbergh beacon revived its revolving multimillion-plus-candlepower beam. Los Angeles Times, 6 Apr. 2021 The world was still measured in candlepower, and each bulb had the brightness of sixteen candles. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, 21 Oct. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of candlepower was in 1856

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Cite this Entry

“Candlepower.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Mar. 2023.

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can·​dle·​pow·​er ˈkan-dᵊl-ˌpau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce candlepower (audio)
: intensity of light expressed in candelas

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