noun chim·i·nea \ˌchi-mə-ˈnā-ə, -ˈnē-\

Definition of chiminea



  1. :  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

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Origin and Etymology of chiminea

borrowed from Spanish, “fireplace, hearth, chimney,” borrowed from Middle French cheminée — more at 1chimney

First Known Use: 1981

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