Main Entry: chan-dler
Etymology: Middle English chandeler, from Middle French chandelier, from Old French, from chandelle candle, from Latin candela
Date: 14th century
1: a maker or seller of tallow or wax candles and usually soap
2: a retail dealer in provisions and supplies or equipment of a specified kind e.g. <a yacht chandler>
In the old days, the chandler used to bring salted meat, live stock (chickens, pigs, etc.), manila ropes, cargo blocks, sail and twine and related stuff, mainly for sailing vessels.
Nowadays a ship chandler has a much wider scope of supply.