Definition of cierge in English:

cierge

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Pronunciation: /sɪˈɛːʒ
 
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noun

historical
A wax candle, especially one used in religious ceremonies: the cierges were lighted, and a splendid mass in music performed
More example sentences
  • I dutifully went ahead and nailed the thing up, even lighted a cierge or two.
  • In order than the finished cierges may cool gradually, they should be put between cloths and covered with blankets.
  • 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'.

Origin

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

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