chan·​delle shan-ˈdel How to pronounce chandelle (audio)
: an abrupt climbing turn of an airplane in which the momentum of the plane is used to attain a higher rate of climb
chandelle intransitive verb

Word History


French, literally, candle

First Known Use

1918, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chandelle was in 1918

Dictionary Entries Near chandelle

Cite this Entry

“Chandelle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

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