from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that makes or sells candles.
  • n. A retail dealer in specified goods or equipment: a ship chandler.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who makes or sells candles
  • n. A dealer in (a specific kind of) provisions or supplies
  • n. A California variety of pomelo with a smoother skin than many other varieties.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A maker or seller of candles.
  • n. A dealer in other commodities, which are indicated by a word prefixed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who makes or sells candles, or, formerly, torches.
  • n. A huckster; a dealer in provisions.
  • n. In composition, a dealer; a merchant: the particular application being determined by the other element of the compound: as, tallow-chandler, ship-chandler, corn-chandler, etc.
  • n. A candlestick. See chandelier.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a maker (and seller) of candles and soap and oils and paints
  • n. a retail dealer in provisions and supplies
  • n. United States writer of detective thrillers featuring the character of Philip Marlowe (1888-1959)


Middle English chaundeler, from Old French chandelier, from Vulgar Latin *candēlārius, from Latin candēla, candle; see candle.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French chandelier, from Medieval Latin candelarius ("a candle-maker; a candlestick"), from the Latin candela ("a candle"); confer the English term candle. (Wiktionary)



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