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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Housed in a gorgeous former bank built in 1910, the cafe has pressed tin ceilings and art deco chandeliers inside; outside, there are a few tables on the sidewalk. Erica Jackson Curran,, "On the Eastern Shore, Virginia’s Cape Charles is in the midst of a small-town renaissance," 20 Aug. 2019 The leader of that work, USTC professor Zhu Xiaobo, presented his team’s results at the Shanghai conference, flashing a picture of their prototype on the screen — a shiny tangle of coaxial cables resembling an intricate golden chandelier. Jeanne Whalen, Washington Post, "The quantum revolution is coming, and Chinese scientists are at the forefront," 18 Aug. 2019 And when the final guests have said their goodbyes, Smalls can retreat into the master bedroom, which features her favorite piece in the entire apartment: RH, Restoration Hardware’s polished-nickel Ravelle round chandelier. Marc Karimzadeh, ELLE Decor, "Supermodel Joan Smalls's Miami Aerie Gets a Luxe Beachy Makeover," 8 Aug. 2019 Golden chandeliers hang from the ceiling, emitting streaks of incandescent light. Clint Smith, The New Republic, "The Sound and Silence of Toni Morrison," 6 Aug. 2019 The dental crown moldings, 10-foot ceilings throughout, and the stunning, original and restored 10k light chandelier are beyond breathtaking. Kelli Williams, The Denver Post, "Two Cheesman Park historic mansions are now for sale by LIV Sotheby’s International Realty," 1 Aug. 2019 Also on display Saturday, July 27, through Sunday, Aug. 25, at Stafford Meadows in Wilsonville: The looks that haven’t lost their appeal, from barn doors to metal chandeliers., "2019 Street of Dreams invites you to dream big in Wilsonville," 27 July 2019 More head-turning pieces are piled on top, including dramatic chandeliers collected through the years, porcelain vases from China, 1920s privacy screens, and even textiles from the Louis Vuitton fashion house. Chadner Navarro, Condé Nast Traveler, "A New Hotel Is Embracing the Laid-Back Eastern Side of the Algarve," 26 July 2019 The walls are carved with Biblical scenes, including the Last Supper, and chandeliers made with the purest salt crystals hang from the ceiling. Malavika Bhattacharya, National Geographic, "Why is everyone going to Krakow?," 23 July 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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