Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A large decorative candlestick having several arms or branches.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A candle holder.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.
  • n. A lamp stand of any sort.
  • n. A highly ornamented stand of marble or other ponderous material, usually having three feet, -- frequently a votive offering to a temple.
  • n. A large candlestick, having several branches; also called candelabra.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In antiquity: A candlestick.
  • n. A lampstand; a kind of stand used among the Romans to support a lamp or lamps.
  • n. Any branched candlestick differing from a chandelier or bracket in resting upon a foot.
  • n. A variety of arabesque in which a strongly marked vertical motive is present.
  • n. plural In sponges, branching terminal spines.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. branched candlestick; ornamental; has several lights

Etymologies

Latin candēlābrum, candlestick, from candēla, candle; see candle.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin candēlābrum ("candlestick"), from candēla ("candle"). (Wiktionary)

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  • A candle made in Birmingham. Probably fake.

    February 15, 2010

  • Now usually replaced by its original plural candelabra in a singular sense.

    July 9, 2008