from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A candleholder, especially a large or ornate one with several arms or branches.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A candle holder.

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

  • noun branched candlestick; ornamental; has several lights


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

[Latin candēlābrum, candlestick, from candēla, candle; see candle.]

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From Latin candēlābrum ("candlestick"), from candēla ("candle").


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

    July 9, 2008

  • A candle made in Birmingham. Probably fake.

    February 15, 2010