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  • n. A fixture, usually pendent from the ceiling, for holding electric lamps.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A branching frame, often of ornamental design, to support electric illuminating lamps.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bracket, pendant, or stand, often with branches, and ornamented, used for supporting incandescent electric lamps.


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From analogy with chandelier with the electro- prefix to contrast modern electricity with older candles.


  • A stack of newspapers had accumulated on the centre table under the "electrolier", and half a dozen paper novels lay on the mantelpiece among cigar-cases and toilet bottles; but these traces of his passage had made no mark on the featureless dulness of the room, its look of being the makeshift setting of innumerable transient collocations.

    The Reef; a novel

  • Two are outstanding: A five-light electrolier of 1904, with pendant lanterns suspended from a helmet-like framework of hammered iron bands, would be at home in Wagner's Valhalla.

    Four-Square Reformer

  • A valuable ruby on his little finger winked malevolently in the clear flood of light from the electrolier.

    "The Moon Woman" by Minna Irving, part 1

  • I turned it, and a great electrolier of twelve red globes flooded the cellar with a red light.

    Down and Out in Paris and London

  • There was a fire ready laid in the grate; on the ceiling was a three-branch electrolier, but the switch by the door had been removed for some reason or other.

    The Slave of Silence

  • His eyes turned rather eagerly towards the end of the room where the girl was standing alone, straight and slim, the light from an electrolier gilding the thick bright curls framing her beautiful, haughty little face.

    The Sheik

  • It was a warm night and under the glow of the electrolier Rosemary's magnificent hair curled and shone like polished bronze.


  • Hat, gun and rod racks of feet, antlers and heads in various combinations are mentioned elsewhere and occasionally some one attempts an electrolier of antlers, mounted either on the heads or separately.

    Home Taxidermy for Pleasure and Profit A Guide for Those Who Wish to Prepare and Mount Animals, Birds, Fish, Reptiles, etc., for Home, Den, or Office Decoration

  • Again he lifted himself to the level of the sill, sure that the creamy curtains upon which the light from the big electrolier was beaming, would shield him from their view.

    The Voice on the Wire

  • Beyond this pile of ore, near the center of the room, twenty feet above the concrete floor, there was a large hanging electrolier.

    Beyond the Vanishing Point


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  • A new term was tried to anoint

    A fixture with bulbs at each point.

    They tried electrolier

    Instead of chandelier

    But now it's the update that's quaint.

    May 2, 2016