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

called also votive

Examples of votive candle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "The secret to foraging in your backyard," 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, "In Malta, Roman Ruins and Natural Wine Bars Sit Side by Side," 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, "Small Farms in N.Y. Are Experiencing a Surprising Boom. Here’s Why.," 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, "Scientists are leading Notre Dame’s restoration—and probing mysteries laid bare by its devastating fire," 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, "Obama party planner Bryan Rafanelli shares his secrets for a memorable bash," 9 Oct. 2019 The reality star went all out for the holiday gathering, decoring her table with ceramic pumpkins, bouquets of white roses, gold-leaf garland and votive candles. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Kylie Jenner Saves a Spot for Beyoncé at Her Annual Friendsgiving Celebration," 25 Nov. 2019 New text alerts arrived declaring the shutoff would start at 8 p.m. At Italian Colors, a restaurant in Oakland’s Montclair district, waitresses hurriedly ran credit cards before the new deadline and placed votive candles on the tables. Los Angeles Times, "Scrambling to prep for an imminent blackout that took all day to arrive," 10 Oct. 2019 Candlelight Walk involves more than 150 volunteers, 750-plus volunteer hours, 1,800 luminaries, 5,000 votive candles, 15,000 Christmas lights, a truck load of sand, a 13’ Christmas tree, a 60-unit parade, 78 holiday flags, and lots of coordination. Sam Boyer, cleveland, "History Buffs show their stuff at Old School Trivia Night: Whit & Whimsey," 27 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of votive candle

1824, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Votive candle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/votive%20candle. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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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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