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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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 The living room and bedrooms boast floor-to-ceiling windows, a decadent chandelier, and original woodworking throughout. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Groovy ’70s time capsule with views galore asks $1M," 1 Oct. 2018 Platforms on cables and pullies can be lowered into the water, a deck splits apart, and a massive 6.5-foot chandelier, custom built for the production, plunges fully into the lake. Ashley Taylor, Fox News, "'Titanic' musical production on a lake features a set that actually sinks," 3 Aug. 2018 The master bathroom held a tub full of miniature bottles of Miller High Life below a chandelier by Piet Hein Eek for Veronese. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "The Future Perfect Launches a Fully Shoppable Home With (What Else?) a House Party," 13 Mar. 2019 In the dining foyer, an elephant tusk dining table is surrounded by chairs upholstered in a cheerful ikat by Clarence house, while a Kelly Wearstler chandelier shines overhead. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "An Uninspired NYC Apartment Is Revived With Color, Charisma, and Customization," 17 Jan. 2019 Pairing your midcentury modern Eames lounge chair with your grandmother’s crystal chandelier? Michelle Slatalla, WSJ, "How Nostalgia Made Me Stop Hating My Mother’s China," 15 Aug. 2018 Once through the restaurant’s double doors, guests came together in the adjacent courtyard, which was covered with a heated tent sheer enough to see the stars and strung with elegant chandeliers emitting a soft glow overhead. Maria Ward, Vogue, "Michael Cera, Chris Evans, and More Celebrate Broadway’s Lobby Hero on Opening Night," 27 Mar. 2018 People say ghosts from different eras appear in the hallways or lobby, as well as one lonely dancer who spends some nights swaying under the ballroom’s crystal chandelier. Condé Nast Traveler, "8 Most Haunted Cities In America and Why You Should Visit," 18 Oct. 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 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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