chan·​de·​lier | \ˌshan-də-ˈlir \

Definition of chandelier 

: a branched often ornate lighting fixture suspended from a ceiling

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chandeliered \ -​ˈlird \ adjective

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Neurons called chandelier cells connect axon to axon, which is weird. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The Heroes of Science Who Are Unlocking the Brain," 3 Oct. 2018 Applewood Farm features a barn lighted with crystal chandeliers. Mike Cason,, "Wedding businesses worry about Alabama marriage license bill," 24 Feb. 2018 Out with the French château chandeliers and the fanciness. Dylan Landis, House Beautiful, "Amanda Lindroth on Decorating Her Home in the Bahamas," 9 June 2012 The nearly 6,000 square-foot space is an ode to the wonders of ivory crown molding, the beauty of tiny chandeliers, and a space where a haircut, blow-out, manicure, or massage are elevated to another plane of Parisian opulence. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "We Went To The Chicest Salon In Paris For A French Hair Transformation," 8 Aug. 2017 Throughout the floor plan, the all-white color palette is interrupted only by dark hardwood floors, a tiled fireplace, a few chandeliers and a black center island in the kitchen. Jack Flemming,, "‘Glee’ actress Naya Rivera rocks a home sale in Los Feliz," 6 July 2018 Beside it, Death and Taxes feels like an intimate speakeasy, with a dark interior, chandeliers and comfortable leather couches. Natasha Bourlin,, "Increasingly hip Midtown Reno has a glow that’s not from neon," 29 June 2018 The interiors are designed to be reminiscent of a classic yacht, with glossy timber paneling on the lobby walls; terrazzo floors; glass chandeliers and blue, white and pink furniture. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, "A famous Italian family is opening its first Florida hotel in Coconut Grove — and soon," 26 June 2018 Rent ranges from $1,000 for a 500-square-foot studio to $7,000 for a 2,210-square-foot penthouse suite with three private balconies, 22-foot ceilings, a chandelier and eye-popping views of downtown and the river. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "Pickleball, saltwater pool, dog park? Tour KC's new riverfront luxury apartments | The Kansas City Star," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of chandelier

1736, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chandelier

French, from Old French, candle holder, modification of Latin candelabrum

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English Language Learners Definition of chandelier

: a large, decorated light that hangs from a ceiling and has branches for holding many light bulbs or candles


chan·​de·​lier | \ˌshan-də-ˈlir \

Kids Definition of chandelier

: a lighting fixture with several branches that usually hangs from the ceiling

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