Definition of chandler in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtʃɑːndlə/


1 (also ship chandler) A dealer in supplies and equipment for ships and boats.
Example sentences
  • As he was walking past a ship chandler's shop, he was shocked to see handcuffs, leg shackles, and thumbscrews in the window.
  • George Townsend Cole's Portrait of Henry Thomas Lambert, a master sail maker and ship chandler in Wapping, shows a man proud of all he has achieved.
  • Buoyancy bags for instance are available from several boat manufacturers and yacht chandlers.
2 historical A dealer in household items such as oil, soap, paint, and groceries.
Example sentences
  • Small bunches of drying herbs gathered on the tops of cupboards and on high shelves, part of their mother's trade as a chandler.
  • In 1439, William Aylewyn, a chandler, obtained royal licence to buy 200 quarts of barley in Norfolk to bring to Maldon.
  • I buy this from my local corn chandler at *10 per 20Kg sack.
2.1A person who makes and sells candles.
Example sentences
  • There is also a special crafts Christmas market with workshops of gold and silversmiths, furriers, chandlers, bookbinders, and bakers at the St. Margareth's Church.
  • It seemed that every trades-man in the county, from the black-smith to the chandler, came out of the wood-work to proclaim that he was beholden to them.
  • The son of a tallow chandler, Collins was 14 when he arrived in Salisbury - a small town bounded by the river running alongside its High Street on its west side and Culver Street to the east.


Middle English (denoting a candle maker or candle seller): from Old French chandelier, from chandelle 'candle' (see chandelier).

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