from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A composition or structure in radiating form or arrangement, such as a rotating display of fireworks.
- n. An ornamental branched candleholder, sometimes backed by a mirror.
- n. An earring that consists of a central piece with three smaller ornaments or stones hanging from it.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An ornamental branched candle holder, sometimes with a mirror behind.
- n. A type of firework which creates a "whirling top" or "flying saucer" effect.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A branched lightholder, whether for candles or lamps, whether standing on a foot (see candelabrum) serving as a bracket projecting from the wall. The former is the more common signification in English use.
- n. A kind of revolving firework; a pyrotechnic revolving sun; also, any revolving jet of similar form or character: as, a girandole of water.
- n. A piece of jewelry of pendent form, often consisting of a central larger pendant surrounded by smaller ones.
- n. In fortification, a connection of several mine-chambers for the defense of the place of arms of the covered way.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an ornate candle holder; often with a mirror
French, from Italian girandola, from girare, to turn, from Late Latin gȳrāre; see gyrate.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French girandole, from Italian girandola, from girare ‘to turn, gyrate’. (Wiktionary)