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Electrolier in the Grand Staircase of Sheffield Town Hall, England


By analogy with chandelier, with the electro- prefix to contrast modern electricity with older candles.



electrolier (plural electroliers)

  1. A fixture, usually hanging from the ceiling, for holding electric lamps.
    • 1917, Sinclair Lewis, "A Woman by Candlelight" in I'm a Stranger Here Myself and Other Stories, New York: Dell, 1962, p. 50,
      Also, the Hillbridge house was of an even more gorgeous fancifulness than he had remembered, in its tapestry and velours rockers with carved arms, and the storm of light from the bracket lamps and from the electrolier of crimson, pearl and orange mosaic glass.
    • 1933, George Orwell, chapter 2, in Down and Out in Paris and London[1]:
      At the bottom of the stairs my hand met an electric switch. I turned it, and a great electrolier of twelve red globes flooded the cellar with a red light.
    • 2004, Alan Hollinghurst, The Line of Beauty, Bloomsbury, 2005, Chapter 3,
      There was a gigantic electrolier, ten feet high, with upward-curling gilt branches opening into cloudy glass lilies of light.