- It used to light up a room better than a crystal chandelier that used thirty light bulbs.
- The light from candlelit chandeliers cast a soft and erratic glow upon her skin.
- A hundred strings and chains dangled candle lamps and small chandeliers at about ten foot.
Mid 18th century: from French, from chandelle 'candle', from Latin candela, from candere 'be white, glisten'.
candle from Old English:
Old English candel came from Latin candela, from candere ‘to be white, shine, glisten’ ( compare candid). From the same source comes chandelier (mid 18th century) from Old French chandelier which also gave Middle English chandler, originally a candle maker or seller. A person who cannot hold a candle to someone else is nowhere near as good as them. In the past an assistant might stand next to his superior with a candle to provide light to work by, and so the idea of holding a candle to someone became synonymous with helping them as a subordinate or in a menial way. Not worth the candle originated as a translation of the French phrase le jeu ne vaut pas la chandelle, ‘the game is not worth the candle’. The ‘game’ was a game of cards involving betting, and would not be worth playing if the expense of candles to provide light was more than the expected winnings.
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