One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A chandelier with gas burners rather than light bulbs or candles.
- ‘The chandeliers in the drawing room, originally gasoliers, had been converted to electric light sometime in the 1920s.’
- ‘The music reverberated from low rafters hung with ornamental gasoliers.’
- ‘The flickering soft light I had seen through the window came from a gasolier that hung over the table.’
- ‘Controversy arose last week over the auction of seven gasoliers and an organ.’
- ‘A welcoming fire filled the great fireplace, restored Grecian gasoliers hung overhead, and the acoustic-friendly gallery was soon filled with my technically-imperfect Schumann.’
- ‘That Mrs Proudie installed gaseliers in the Bishop's palace for her first formal reception in Trollope's Barchester Towers was an indication of her hopelessly middle-class background.’
Mid 19th century: from gas, on the pattern of chandelier.
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