Monday, January 16, 2017

Word of the day: chandler

The word of the day is chandler:

  1. a person who makes or sells candles and sometimes other items of tallow or wax, as soap.
  2. a dealer or trader in supplies, provisions, etc., of a specialized type
  3. a retailer of provisions, groceries, etc.
early 14c. "candle-holder;" late 14c. "maker or seller of candles," from O.Fr. chandelier, from L. candelarius, from candela "candle" (see candle).


"Mr. Wopsle, the clerk at church, was to dine with us; and Mr. Hubble the wheelwright and Mrs. Hubble; and Uncle Pumblechook (Joe's uncle, but Mrs. Joe appropriated him), who was a well-to-do cornchandler in the nearest town, and drove his own chaise-cart."

 - Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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