chan·​de·​lier ˌshan-də-ˈlir How to pronounce chandelier (audio)
: a branched often ornate lighting fixture suspended from a ceiling
chandeliered adjective

Illustration of chandelier

Illustration of chandelier

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web For more festive mealtimes, Jennifer forages evergreen clippings from their land to decorate the windows and chandelier. Rhonda Reinhart, Country Living, 30 Nov. 2022 The Broadway production, directed by Hal Prince, is a large-scale spectacle, with a 27-person orchestra and a famously crashing chandelier, emblematic of an earlier era of hyper-romantic musical theater. Michael Paulson, New York Times, 29 Nov. 2022 Hailing from Auburn, Pennsylvania, this tree is so large that the chandelier needed to be removed to accommodate its height! Kelsey Mulvey, House Beautiful, 28 Nov. 2022 The powder room on the main level exudes elegance with marble floors and a crystal and iron chandelier. Joey Morona, cleveland, 25 Nov. 2022 Norton laughs describing his favorite element (visible behind the chandelier in the back of the shot above). Maureen Lee Lenker,, 24 Nov. 2022 Werle's creaky single-family home was built in 1915 and is full of trinkets: mounted animal heads, porcelain figurines, vintage toys and a chandelier. Daysia Tolentino, NBC News, 24 Nov. 2022 One of the Renwick’s most beloved works is Chihuly’s dramatic seafoam chandelier in the museum’s Octagon Room. Samantha Baskind, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Nov. 2022 The condo’s kitchen has custom cabinetry, quartz countertops, a walk-in pantry, Bosch appliances and a $10,000 chandelier in a tray ceiling. Bob Goldsborough, Chicago Tribune, 21 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1736, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chandelier was in 1736

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“Chandelier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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chan·​de·​lier ˌshan-də-ˈli(ə)r How to pronounce chandelier (audio)
: a branched lighting fixture usually hanging from a ceiling
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