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

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For starters, everyone was stunned when Katy first walked the carpet dressed as a literal chandelier, made by Moschino designer Jeremy Scott. Gianluca Russo, Teen Vogue, "Katy Perry Dressed Up As A Hamburger For The Met Gala 2019 After Party," 7 May 2019 The multi-story chandelier at this hotel is Instagram gold. Harper's BAZAAR, "These Are The Most Popular Hotels On Instagram," 1 Dec. 2016 The Duchess of Cambridge, who usually wears small, dainty earrings, decided to go for a ginormous teardrop chandelier earrings. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton Both Wore Gigantic, Sparkly Earrings to Charles' 70th," 14 Nov. 2018 The suites are no joke, either, complete with shades of cream and gold, chandeliers and chaises, and terraces perfect for a setting sun and a debate with legends over who's the GOAT. Laura Dannen Redman, Condé Nast Traveler, "You Can Hang With Former World Cup Players on Vacation," 11 July 2018 Singer Katy Perry literally lit up the Met Gala pink carpet dressed as a sparkling, silver chandelier. Scarlett Newman, Teen Vogue, "Katy Perry Lit Up the Met Gala Dressed as a Chandelier," 7 May 2019 They're filled with shiny gold and mirrored surfaces, lavish sitting areas, and as many over-the-top crystal chandeliers as possible. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Donald Trump Reportedly Removed the Furniture Melania Chose for the White House," 17 Aug. 2018 Of course, the dozen crystal chandeliers glittering overhead didn't hurt. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Luncheon of firsts: Houston Chronicle's 2018 'Best Dressed' raises record $638K at Post Oak Hotel," 20 Mar. 2018 The interiors are a master class in sleek mountain modern: think living rooms that pair neutrals with warm woods, kitchens adorned with sculptural chandeliers, bedrooms with plush rugs and sharp, structural bed frames—and a dash of Western style. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Inside Gigi Hadid’s Chic Alpine Getaway to Jackson Hole," 2 Apr. 2019

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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 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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