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

  • n. A lighted torch.
  • n. A large ornamental candlestick.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A burning torch, especially one carried in procession.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A flaming torch, esp. one made by combining together a number of thick wicks invested with a quick-burning substance (anciently, perhaps, wax; in modern times, pitch or the like); hence, any torch.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A flaming torch of any kind; specifically, a light made of thick wicks covered with wax or other inflammable material, and used at night in illuminations, processions, etc.
  • n. In decorative art, a candlestick, especially a large and showy one, as of bronze, or one of decorative material.
  • n. One of the set of kettles used in the open-kettle process of sugarmaking, so called because the flames of the furnace strike it with most force.

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

  • n. a flaming torch (such as are used in processions at night)


French, from Old French, from flambe, flame; see flame.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French flambeau. (Wiktionary)



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