Definitions

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

  • n. A slender bowling pin used in a variation of the game of tenpins.
  • n. A bowling game using slender pins and a ball smaller than that used in tenpins.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A kind of cylindrical tenpin used in a North American regional form of bowling.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A form of bowling pin slender and nearly straight like a candle.
  • n. The game played with such pins; -- in form candlepins, used as a singular.

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

  • n. a bowling pin that is thin by comparison with a tenpin

Etymologies

candle +‎ pin, from its shape. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • She talks about going bowling on an off day during the filming of “New Moon” — candlepin bowling, it sounds like from her description — and how difficult it was to keep score without the electronic aids present at most bowling alleys: “They handed me a piece of paper and a pencil, and I had to do the score by hand,” she says incredulously.

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  • He took us candlepin bowling and easily convinced me that renting used shoes was luxurious.

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  • Meanwhile, the young-person's AA meeting held on campus draws more than 200 people each Monday for companionship, confessions, and candlepin bowling.

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  • My father and his four brothersand the men on my mothers siderelaxed with candlepin bowling and games of whist, and then, later in life, when their children were mostly grown and their work lives mostly determined, weekend rounds of golf on inexpensive nine-hole courses.

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  • But that elixir-sounding colloquialism is on the wane, alas, like candlepin bowling.

    Annoying and pretentious terms.

  • Nobody cared if I joined the candlepin bowling team.

    Hoopi Shoopi Donna

  • Sacco's Bowl-Haven, owned by a founding family of candlepin.

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  • In that long furor, few paid attention to the other candlepin alley a mile away, a barely known gem whose fate is far more tenuous than Bowl-Haven's, threatened by the Green Line.

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  • But that's not likely to happen, even though the loss of Jamaica Plain's Milky Way lanes and the risk of losing Sacco's seems to have revived candlepin for a younger generation.

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  • But back in the glory days of candlepin - when Davis Square alone had four bowling alleys - February school vacation was the busiest week of the year at Ball Square Bowling Alley, just on the Medford side of the Somerville line.

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