Definition of candle noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈkændl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkændl//
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  • a round stick of wax with a piece of string (called a wick ) through the middle which is lit to give light as it burns a flickering candle The room was lit by candles. to blow out/snuff out a candle
  • Word OriginOld English candel, from Latin candela, from candere ‘be white or glisten’.Idioms
    burn the candle at both ends
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    to become very tired by trying to do too many things and going to bed late and getting up early
    cannot hold a candle to somebody/something
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    is not as good as somebody or something else His singing can't hold a candle to Bocelli's.
    (the game is) not worth the candle
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    (old-fashioned, saying) the advantages to be gained from doing something are not great enough, considering the effort or cost involved If the price goes up again, he may decide that the game’s not worth the candle.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: candle