One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A dealer in supplies and equipment for ships and boats.
seller, salesperson, salesman, saleswoman, dealer, trader, tradesman, retailer, shopkeeper, shopman, shop girl, shop boy, sales assistant, assistant, wholesaler, merchant, trafficker, purveyor, supplier, stockist, marketer, marketeer, sales representative, door-to-door salesman, travelling salesman, commercial travellerView synonyms
- ‘Authentic stripy t-shirts, deck shoes, sailor caps and even anoraks, are available from ship's chandlers around the country - particularly in coastal areas.’
- ‘Among the most militant were two ships chandlers.’
- ‘Mr. Stanislavsky taught me the Method in a small flat above the chandler's.’
- ‘From a business perspective, these individuals provide tremendous foreign exchange at the supermarkets, ship chandlers, hotels, night clubs, hardware stores, taxi associations and the list continues.’
- ‘He came from a craft background, his father being a ships' chandler and soap boiler.’
- ‘One was a chandler from Co. Louth, and the other was the accomplished Dublin artist Anthony Lee.’
- ‘‘If you look at the Chamber of Shipping, you have tugboat operators, you have agents, you have chandlers, you have training schools - all of these different sectors in that one association,’ Kee says.’
- ‘The pier was packed to capacity with fish lorries; gear suppliers' lorries, service engineers and chandlers were present.’
- ‘If you've a spare €1 million or so, the yacht chandlers have some bargains for sale.’
- ‘As he was walking past a ship chandler's shop, he was shocked to see handcuffs, leg shackles, and thumbscrews in the window.’
- ‘His ultimate ambition is to set up a chandler's shop, selling supplies for boats including provisions and provide pump-out facilities for canal boat toilets.’
- ‘Close to the waterfront were the ship's brokers and chandlers and cheap seaman's boarding houses, interspersed with taverns and druggeries.’
- ‘Macduff is a fishing town, and contains ships' chandlers and laddies in fast cars.’
- ‘Buoyancy bags for instance are available from several boat manufacturers and yacht chandlers.’
- ‘‘I went to Oswald Bailey and Blacks before I found a shower bag at a chandlers in Shamrock Quay,’ she said.’
- ‘George Townsend Cole's Portrait of Henry Thomas Lambert, a master sail maker and ship chandler in Wapping, shows a man proud of all he has achieved.’
- ‘Boat builders, boat chandlers, boat interior designers, marine construction companies to shipyards and ports are expected to participate in the three-day event.’
- ‘His share in the New Bedford chandler's shop he had partnered with Captain Stoddard had seemed vast when they started, but his resources melted like snow in the sun with the expense of travel.’
- ‘Fung said that among those claiming priority over other creditors were fuel suppliers, the previous charterers, ship chandlers and stevedores.’
- ‘Most people would be well familiar with the type of anchor which is available at a fairly modest price from any chandler's.’
2historical A dealer in household items such as oil, soap, paint, and groceries.
- ‘Small bunches of drying herbs gathered on the tops of cupboards and on high shelves, part of their mother's trade as a chandler.’
- ‘In 1439, William Aylewyn, a chandler, obtained royal licence to buy 200 quarts of barley in Norfolk to bring to Maldon.’
- ‘The butcher, chandler and haberdasher were all nearby, as they'd all been able to afford farms near to the railway.’
- ‘I buy this from my local corn chandler at *10 per 20Kg sack.’
- 2.1 A person who makes and sells candles.
- ‘It seemed that every trades-man in the county, from the black-smith to the chandler, came out of the wood-work to proclaim that he was beholden to them.’
- ‘There is also a special crafts Christmas market with workshops of gold and silversmiths, furriers, chandlers, bookbinders, and bakers at the St. Margareth's Church.’
- ‘The son of a tallow chandler, Collins was 14 when he arrived in Salisbury - a small town bounded by the river running alongside its High Street on its west side and Culver Street to the east.’
Middle English (denoting a candle maker or candle seller): from Old French chandelier, from chandelle ‘candle’ (see chandelier).
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