votive candle

plural votive candles

Definition of votive candle

: a short thick candle used especially as a prayer offering or for decoration Male and female patrons crowd together at small tables where flames wobble on colored votive candles.— Rachel Hickerson … in some parts of the church you still bake. A lot of churches have gotten rid of votive candles because of the soot and the heat.— Rev. John Kozar, quoted in The Pittsburgh (PA) Press

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Examples of votive candle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, for the purest, mezcal is best appreciated sipped straight, at room temperature, in a traditional vaso veladoras (a votive candle holder) or shot glass. Richard Carleton Hacker, Robb Report, 25 Aug. 2021 Holding a tall votive candle, Malaika Hardrick then made her way out of the crowd and walked a few houses down to the door of Maggie Pedraza, who had performed CPR on Buckly in the moments after he was shot. Eliza Fawcett, courant.com, 5 June 2021 With an impressive 140-hour burn time, this tall votive candle releases the subtle, seductive aroma of white sage and neroli, perfect for all your giftee’s Silver Springs singalongs. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, 11 May 2021 Pictured above, girls at the Maggio last year, following the tradition of placing cente (votive candle sculptures) atop the heads of women and girls during the procession. George Stone, National Geographic, 26 May 2020 Their Grand Harbour is a spectacle of golden-age drama, glowing at sunset like a votive candle. Rick Jordan, Condé Nast Traveler, 21 May 2020 Customers pop the trunk just long enough to receive a six-course meal, a votive candle and a long-stem rose. New York Times, 8 May 2020 Already blackened and sticky with soot, dust, and residue arising from millions of tourists, worshippers, and votive candles, the windows lack the yellow-powder look. Christa Lesté-lasserre, Science | AAAS, 12 Mar. 2020 A half-dozen small bud vases holding single stems marching down the table is an elegant and easy look. Don’t overthink it; sometimes just a cluster of votive candles around the table can be enough. Jura Koncius, Washington Post, 9 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of votive candle

1608, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of votive candle was in 1608

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“Votive candle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/votive%20candle. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of votive candle

: a small candle that is sometimes used in religious ceremonies


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