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1. A composition or structure in radiating form or arrangement, such as a rotating display of fireworks.
2. An ornamental branched candleholder, sometimes backed by a mirror.
3. An earring that consists of a central piece with three smaller ornaments or stones hanging from it.

[French, from Italian girandola, from girare, to turn, from Late Latin gȳrāre; see gyrate.]


(ˈdʒɪrənˌdəʊl) or


1. (Furniture) an ornamental branched wall candleholder, usually incorporating a mirror
2. (Jewellery) an earring or pendant having a central gem surrounded by smaller ones
3. (Chemistry) a kind of revolving firework
4. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) artillery a group of connected mines
[C17: from French, from Italian girandola, from girare to revolve, from Latin gӯrāre to gyrate]


(ˈdʒɪr ənˌdoʊl)

also gi•ran•do•la

(dʒɪˈræn dl ə)

1. a rotating and radiating firework.
2. an ornate wall sconce for candles, often with a mirror at the back.
3. a brooch or earring consisting of a central ornament with usu. three smaller ornaments hanging from it.
[1625–35; < French < Italian girandola, derivative of girare to turn in a circle < Latin gȳrāre, derivative of gȳrus a circle < Greek gŷros]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.girandole - an ornate candle holdergirandole - an ornate candle holder; often with a mirror
candle holder, candlestick - a holder with sockets for candles
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