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1. One that makes or sells candles.
2. A dealer in nautical supplies.

[Middle English chaundeler, from Old French chandelier, from Vulgar Latin *candēlārius, from Latin candēla, candle; see candle.]

chan′dler·y (chănd′lə-rē) n.
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1. (Commerce) a dealer in a specified trade or merchandise: corn chandler; ship's chandler.
2. (Crafts) a person who makes or sells candles
3. (Commerce) obsolete Brit a retailer of grocery provisions; shopkeeper
[C14: from Old French chandelier one who makes or deals in candles, from chandelle candle]


(Biography) Raymond (Thornton). 1888–1959, US thriller writer: created Philip Marlowe, one of the first detective heroes in fiction
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(ˈtʃænd lər, ˈtʃɑnd-)

1. a person who makes or sells items of tallow or wax, as candles or soap.
2. a dealer or trader in supplies, esp. of a specialized type: a ship chandler.
[1275–1325; Middle English chandeler candlestick, candle maker < Anglo-French, Old French chandelier]


(ˈtʃænd lər, ˈtʃɑnd-)

1. Raymond (Thornton), 1888–1959, U.S. writer of detective novels, born in England.
2. a town in central Arizona. 142,918.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Chandler - United States writer of detective thrillers featuring the character of Philip Marlowe (1888-1959)
2.chandler - a retail dealer in provisions and supplies
retail merchant, retailer - a merchant who sells goods at retail
ship's chandler - a dealer in sails and ropes and other supplies for sailing ships
3.chandler - a maker (and seller) of candles and soap and oils and paints
candlemaker - a person who makes or sells candles
wax-chandler - one who deals in wax candles
maker, shaper - a person who makes things
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[ˈtʃɑːndləʳ] Nvelero m
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n (for candles) → Kerzenmacher m; (= shop)Kerzenladen m; ship’s chandlerSchiffsausrüster m
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References in classic literature ?
Towers Chandler was pressing his evening suit in his hall bedroom.
His name was Chandler. He was a tall man of few words, with a long nose and a thin face much lined for his age.
This place then is no other than the chandler's shop, the known seat of all the news; or, as it is vulgarly called, gossiping, in every parish in England.
Catherine was ashamed to say how pretty she thought it, as the general seemed to think an apology necessary for the flatness of the country, and the size of the village; but in her heart she preferred it to any place she had ever been at, and looked with great admiration at every neat house above the rank of a cottage, and at all the little chandler's shops which they passed.
'She kept a chandler's shop,' pursued Bounderby, 'and kept me in an egg-box.
We were so fortunate as to find one, of a very clean and cheap description, over a chandler's shop, only two streets removed from me.
"Chandler's shop, left hand side, name of Blinder."
Assisting Oliver to rise, the young gentleman took him to an adjacent chandler's shop, where he purchased a sufficiency of ready-dressed ham and a half-quartern loaf, or, as he himself expressed it, 'a fourpenny bran!' the ham being kept clean and preserved from dust, by the ingenious expedient of making a hole in the loaf by pulling out a portion of the crumb, and stuffing it therein.
'Ah, and a wery amiable chandler you'll make,' replied Sam, eyeing Job with a side look of intense dislike.
The keeper of a chandler's shop in a front parlour, who took in gentlemen boarders, lent his assistance in making the bed.
Recognising the place, he stopped, looked round and addressed a young fellow in a red shirt who stood gaping before a corn chandler's shop.
No wonder that a man should grow restless under such an inspection as this, to say nothing of the eyes belonging to short Tom Cobb the general chandler and post-office keeper, and long Phil Parkes the ranger, both of whom, infected by the example of their companions, regarded him of the flapped hat no less attentively.