girandole

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A design for a girandole

Etymology[edit]

From French girandole, from Italian girandola, from girare ‘to turn, gyrate’.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈdʒɪɹəndəʊl/

Noun[edit]

girandole (plural girandoles)

  1. An ornamental branched candle holder, sometimes with a mirror behind.
    • 1847, Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre, Chapter XVIII
      As I sat in my usual nook, and looked at him with the light of the girandoles on the mantelpiece beaming full over him...
    • 1836 CE, Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers 35
      It was a scene of gaiety, glitter, and show; of richly–dressed people, handsome mirrors, chalked floors, girandoles and wax–candles; and in all parts of the scene, gliding from spot to spot in silent softness, bowing obsequiously to this party, nodding familiarly to that, and smiling complacently on all, was the sprucely–attired person of Angelo Cyrus Bantam, Esquire, the Master of the Ceremonies.
  2. (pyrotechnics) A type of firework which creates a "whirling top" or "flying saucer" effect.

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Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

girandole f

  1. plural form of girandola

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