• WordNet 3.6
    • n candelabrum branched candlestick; ornamental; has several lights
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Candelabrum (Antiq) A highly ornamented stand of marble or other ponderous material, usually having three feet, -- frequently a votive offering to a temple.
    • Candelabrum (Antiq) A lamp stand of any sort.
    • Candelabrum A large candlestick, having several branches; also called candelabra.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n candelabrum In antiquity: A candlestick.
    • n candelabrum 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 candelabrum 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 candelabrum 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 candelabrum plural In sponges, branching terminal spines.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Candelabrum kan-de-lā′brum a branched and ornamented candlestick
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. candela, candle. See candle
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

Among the wreckage, resistance was being blown out like the lights of a candelabrum.
"Uller Uprising" by Henry Beam Piper, John D. Clark and John F. Carr
The accompanying cut represents the candelabrum still existing in the church of SS.
"Pagan and Christian Rome" by Rodolfo Lanciani
Giant cacti of the candelabrum type were plentiful.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Once at rehearsals he pointed to a heavy candelabrum that stood on a table.
"Charles Frohman: Manager and Man" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
On the right there is a standard or candelabrum, and on the left a group of three figures.
"A History of Art in Chaldæa & Assyria, v. 1" by Georges Perrot
At the sides are Corinthian pilasters, and in front of them beautiful candelabrum shafts.
"Portuguese Architecture" by Walter Crum Watson
While she was hesitating, Pats drew aside the tapestry and passed with the candelabrum into the chamber.
"The Pines of Lory" by John Ames Mitchell
In the middle, a long dining-table stood under the candelabrum.
"The Boarded-Up House" by Augusta Huiell Seaman
The table was surrounded with tall candelabrum of brass and gilded wood.
""And they thought we wouldn't fight"" by Floyd Gibbons
High up under the mansard roof hung an antique oriental candelabrum with one candle.
"Aliens" by William McFee

In poetry:

Let me sit down beneath this many-branching candelabrum,
The Jewish seven-branched, tallow-stinking candlestick
kicked over the cliff
And all its tallow righteousness got rid of,
And let me notice it behave itself.
"Bare Fig-Trees" by D H Lawrence

In news:

8 wild interpretations of the traditional Hanukkah candelabrum, including menorahs by Richard Meier, Karim Rashid, and a Louis Vuitton knockoff.