- a decorative, sometimes ornate, light fixture suspended from a ceiling, usually having branched supports for a number of lights.
- an ornamental hanging light with branches and holders for several candles or bulbs
late 14c., chaundeler “candlestick, chandelier,” from Old French chandelier (n.1), 12c., earlier chandelabre “candlestick, candelabrum” (10c.), from Latin candelabrum, from candela “candle” (see candle). Re-spelled mid-18c. in French fashion; during 17c. the French spelling referred to a military device.