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

Examples of chandelier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Carmel is a huge wonderland of crystal chandeliers and romantic nooks. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "The best dessert bars and chocolate shops in and around Indianapolis," 11 Feb. 2020 To transform the room, the entertainer had a pair of crystal chandeliers featuring handmade daisies, hanging racks, a giant mirror and vintage dressers brought in. Melody Chiu,, "Inside Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Star Chloe Bennet’s Hollywood Bungalow — and to-Die-for Loft Closet," 15 Oct. 2019 Flynn suggests adding a pendant light or even some kind of chandelier, if space allows. San Diego Union-Tribune, "ASK A DESIGNER: Drab and boring? Not these laundry rooms," 8 Oct. 2019 During the moments following the quake, one patron recorded a video of chandeliers rocking back and forth in Carnation Café, a restaurant on the park's Main Street. Ryan Prior, CNN, "Disneyland staff say rides are temporarily closed for inspection after Southern California quake," 4 July 2019 Stylish wallpaper and a pair of crystal and chrome chandeliers create an elegant room. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: One of a Kind: Single-level Alamo home with detached guesthouse undergoes an incredibly sophisticated update," 24 June 2019 The restaurant, darker than Tail Up Goat, opens with a handsome bar and continues with a dining room made sleek with green tile floors, skinny chandeliers and displays of wine. Washington Post, "Reveler’s Hour is the relaxed wine-and-pasta sibling we needed from the Tail Up Goat team," 10 Jan. 2020 The store’s interior, filled with dark carved wooden furniture, crystal chandeliers, and heavy velvet curtains, was similar to the Stalinist concept of palaces of consumption of the 1930s. Djurdja Bartlett, Smithsonian, "When the United States and Soviet Union Fought It Out Over Fashion," 4 June 2019 There’s a dining gazebo with chandeliers, as well as a lounge with a fireplace. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "Dr. Phil’s $5.75 million mansion is one-of-a-kind, unusual even for LA," 7 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of chandelier was in 1736

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20 Feb 2020

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“Chandelier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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 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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