AskDefine | Define chandlery

Dictionary Definition



1 candles and other commodities sold by a chandler
2 a storeroom where candles are kept

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. The art of candle making
  2. A business or shop for candle making
  3. The trade of being a chandler
  4. An operation (usually, a business) which provides supplies


Extensive Definition

A chandlery was the office in a medieval household responsible for wax and candles, as well as the room in which the candles were kept. It was headed by a chandler. The office was subordinated to the kitchen, and only existed as a separate office in larger households. Whether a separate office or not, the function was naturally an important one, in a time before electric light, and when production of candles was often done privately. It was closely connected with other offices of the household, such as the ewery and the scullery. The term is largely obsolete today, and if used at all, more often refers to a candle business. As such, a "chandler" is a person who sells candles.


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