American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A large decorative candlestick having several arms or branches.
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. Such stands vary in height from those of only a few inches, and intended to rest upon a table or shelf, to those of 4 feet or more, which raised the lamps to a height sufficient to illuminate an apartment. In general, such candelabra consist of a long shaft or rod rising from a base with three feet, and supporting a circular cap or disk with elaborate ornamentation. Some examples are of enormous size and weight, covering at the base a triangle of 6 or 7 feet on each side, and rising to a proportionate height; these, often made of marble, were used in connection with religious observances, and were rather monuments or votive offerings than utensils.
- n. Any branched candlestick differing from a chandelier or bracket in resting upon a foot. Some very beautiful candelabra exist in churches, most commonly made to hold seven candles. One in Milan cathedral, of bronze, dating from the twelfth century, is perhaps the richest in existence. The “seven-branched candlesticks” of the Hebrews (see
candlestick) are properly candelabra.
- n. A variety of arabesque in which a strongly marked vertical motive is present. Thus, a shaft or a sort of pilaster from which the scrollwork of the design is given off is called a candelabrum, and gives the name of candelabrum to the design itself.
- n. plural In sponges, branching terminal spines.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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
- n. branched candlestick; ornamental; has several lights
- From Latin candēlābrum ("candlestick"), from candēla ("candle"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin candēlābrum, candlestick, from candēla, candle; see candle. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The only change here regards the Paschal candle, which is moved from its little bracket to the column (“in candelabrum suum”).”
“Quite determined to reread such portions of it as I had long before marked as pertinent to the very attempt I had in mind, I brought in the candelabrum from the parlor and drew out a table to hold it.”
“The other, that he had carried up to her room a large candelabrum from the drawing-room mantel.”
“Sitting on the tabletop beside the candelabrum was a tarnished silver cup holding several wooden matches.”
“Qwilleran loaded the bowl in the trunk of his car — it was even heavier than it looked — and drove to the Village Smithy to tell Vance that his candelabrum was a great success.”
“The base of the candelabrum is a tripod, on which stands a group of three female figures; representing Law, Justice, and Poetry, the two former modeled from Flaxman's sculpture on Lord Mansfield's monument in”
“The lamp-stand, "candelabrum," which Moses was commanded to make for the tabernacle, according to the pattern shown him.”
“On Holy Saturday, the Missal of 1969 prescribes explicitly that the Paschal Candle is to be placed in a “candelabrum magnum” when it is brought into the church, restoring one of the most important symbols of the ancient rite.”
“The same goes for James Whale's Frankenstein (1931), which, in any case, doesn't hold a cobwebbed candelabrum to Mel Brooks's classic Young Frankenstein (1974).”
“Let's kibitz by the fire; let's bake rugelach for Santa; and let's light unscented candles on a 12-branched candelabrum.”
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