chim·​i·​nea ˌchi-mə-ˈnā-ə How to pronounce chiminea (audio)
plural chimineas
: a freestanding earthenware or metal fireplace that in its typical form has a bulbous body which is open in the front and is topped by an elongated chimney
Custom fireplaces, portable freestanding fire pits, and chimineas, long a staple on southern California patios, are finding their way to the Northeastern states …Peter Walsh, This Old House, May 2003

Word History


borrowed from Spanish, "fireplace, hearth, chimney," borrowed from Middle French cheminée

First Known Use

1981, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chiminea was in 1981

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“Chiminea.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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