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 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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The earliest English examples were supplied by furniture carvers and gilders as brass fittings for gilded wood girandoles and 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.’
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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