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An elaborate chandelier
Two chandeliers, stacked with fascines. (The image is cut off, there is an unseen third chandelier to the left.)


From French, from Latin candelabrum, from candela (a candle); see candle.



chandelier (plural chandeliers)

  1. A branched, often ornate, lighting fixture suspended from the ceiling
    • 1929, M. Barnard Eldershaw, A House Is Built, Chapter VII, Section vi
      She opened the drawing-room door in trepidation. Would she find Esther drowned with her head in the goldfish bowl, or hanged from the chandelier by her stay-lace?
  2. (auction) A fictional bidder used to increase the price at an auction. Also called a wall.
    • 2007, Frank Pope, "Dragon Sea: a true tale of treasure, archeology, and greed off the coast of Vietnam", Harcourt Books, p. 306.
      A mysterious phone bidder was grabbing the pieces that no one else wanted—Mensun suspected this was the auction house "bidding against the chandelier," protecting itself against selling too low.
  3. (obsolete, military) A portable frame used to support temporary wooden fences.
    • 1747, James Boswell, The Scots Book, volume 9, p. 37. [1]
      Chandelier. A wooden frame, whereon are laid fascines or faggots, to cover the workmen in making approaches.
    • 1994, Todd A. Shallat, Structures in the Stream: Water, Science, and the Rise of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, University of Texas Press, p. 32.
      Europeans solved this problem by building a temporary fence with tightly bound sticks ("fascines") stacked into wooden frames ("chandeliers").

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From Latin candelabrum.



chandelier m (plural chandeliers)

  1. candlestick
  2. chandelier
  3. candlemaker