|Nothing quite says "I didn't know what to buy you" like a scented candle|
Noun. Middle English.
[Anglo-Norman chaundeler, Old French chandelier candle-maker, candler-seller, from c(h)andeile, c(h)andelle (modern chandelle) from Latin cadela.]
1 A person who makes or sells candles. ME
2 An officer responsible for the supply of candles to a household. Long obsolete except Historical. LME
3 A retailer of provisions and items of equipment for a particular purpose, without specification (now archaic or Historical) usually of candles, oil, soap, paint, groceries, etc., for households. L16
4 obsolete. A stand or support for a candle. LME-L18
chandlery noun (a) (now chiefly Historical) a place where candles etc. are kept; (b) the goods produced or sold by a chandler. E17
Despite a deeply prejudicial disdain for evening candle-making classes and the giving of candles as gifts generally, I am rather fond of the word chandler, both as a general noun and as a surname (it means one of my favourite authors, Raymond Chandler, probably had candle-making ancestors, although I bet they never took evening classes in it). It's also related to the word chandelier. How cool is that? Very. That's how.
Are you a chandler or a Chandler?
Have you taken a candle-making evening class?
Do please wax lyrical in the comment box below.