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Find accurate definitions of over 5,000 Catholic terms and phrases (including abbreviations). Based on Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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CANDELABRUM

A hanging chandelier for lamps in early Christian times. Sometimes they were not suspended but stood before the altar. In the Middle Ages the term denoted seven-branched candlesticks. Nowadays it refers to any multiple candle holder.