Share this entry
cierge Line breaks: cierge
Pronunciation: /sɪˈɛːʒ/

Definition of cierge in English:


A wax candle, especially one used in religious ceremonies: the cierges were lighted, and a splendid mass in music performed
More example sentences
  • I never saw the Church so adorned with Tapestry and Lustres, nor illuminated with cierges in my life.
  • Inspired by your thoughts, I went to the Cathedral before the game and paid 4 big bucks to light a cierge.
  • Edward donated six manors to the abbey on condition that the whole convent attended an annual vigil with 'one hundred cierges being being lighted about the queen's tomb'.


Middle English: from Old French cerge, from Latin cereas 'wax taper'.

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources