One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A branched support for candles or other lights, which either stands on a surface or projects from a wall.
- ‘The earliest English examples were supplied by furniture carvers and gilders as brass fittings for gilded wood girandoles and chandeliers.’
- ‘The architects Robert and James Adam published designs for hanging lamps and girandoles in their Works in Architecture.’
- ‘Despite these financial impediments, the huge wealth created by England's prosperity continued to generate commissions for lavish pier glasses, girandoles, and glass chandeliers.’
- ‘There are also two exceptional George III-style, giltwood mirror girandoles, and a quantity of chandeliers including two outstanding pairs, each with an estimate of €8,000 - €15,000.’
- ‘The show will feature exquisite items from the eighteenth to the early twentieth century, including silver, giltwood and crystal chandeliers, sconces and girandoles, candelabra and candlesticks.’
2A large, ornate dangling earring with a large central stone surrounded by smaller ones.
Mid 17th century (denoting a revolving cluster of fireworks): from French, from Italian girandola, from girare ‘gyrate, turn’, from Latin gyrare (see gyrate).
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