girandole
[ jir-uhn-dohl ]
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Part of Speechnoun, nounOrigin + Etymology
Early-15th century; Latin; from the 1630s, a type of fireworks; 1769 as a branched holder for candles; 1825 as a type of earring or pendant, from French girandole, from Italian girandola, diminutive of giranda "a revolving jet," from Latin gyrandus
Synonyms
noun
pendantchandelier
noun
arc lampcandelabracandelabrumcandlechandeliercandle holder
Definition
nouna brooch or earring consisting of a central ornament with usually three smaller ornaments hanging from it
nounan ornate bracket for candelabra or the like, sometimes with a reflecting mirror at the back of the shelf
Examples
nounA) Her gigantic girandole earrings swayed from right to left as she sashayed down the runway. B) She had always hated her mother's flashy girandole brooch, sparkling brightly at her at all times.
nounA) The sound of glass shattering terrified the family, who noticed the girandole falling too late to react. B) She had always wanted to own a girandole since it was originally a symbol of wealth and upper-class status.
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