chan·​de·​lier | \ ˌshan-də-ˈlir How to pronounce chandelier (audio) \

Definition of chandelier

: a branched often ornate lighting fixture suspended from a ceiling

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Other Words from chandelier

chandeliered \ ˌshan-​də-​ˈlird How to pronounce chandelier (audio) \ adjective

Examples of chandelier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The chandelier in the theater is from Los Angeles, from the Warner Bros. prop warehouse. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 10 May 2022 Opt for a chandelier with candles instead of lightbulbs for a rustic vibe. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 13 Apr. 2022 From the moment guests cross the threshold, a custom chandelier made of 15,000 Bohemian crystals is the first sight to catch the eye. Travel + Leisure, 12 Apr. 2022 From the soft warm ivory fabric of the dining chairs and the beauty of the orchid centerpiece to the luxe feel of the large-scale chandelier and marble table countertop, the wallpaper plays with the monochromatic tones and colors of nature. Mariah Thomas, Good Housekeeping, 11 May 2022 In the dining room, traditional place settings are ready to go, set on a long wooden table below an old-fashioned-style chandelier. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, 5 May 2022 At the Cannes film festival, Princess Diana turned heads in an icy blue Catherine Walker tulle gown, which complemented with a matching scarf, baby blue shoes, and an aquamarine and diamond bracelet and chandelier earrings. Sophie Dweck, Town & Country, 26 Mar. 2022 The house starts off dramatically with a grand foyer, where a sweeping staircase and crystal chandelier are topped by 25-foot ceilings. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 1 Mar. 2022 Harris points out a toile chandelier from an estate sale and colorful needlepoint florals sprawled across the floor, rugs that came from a house her great-grandmother decorated in Maine. Rachel Silva, ELLE Decor, 23 May 2022 See More

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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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“Chandelier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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chan·​de·​lier | \ ˌshan-də-ˈlir How to pronounce chandelier (audio) \

Kids Definition of chandelier

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


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