chim·​ney | \ ˈchim-nē How to pronounce chimney (audio) \
plural chimneys

Definition of chimney

1 dialect : fireplace, hearth
2 : a vertical structure incorporated into a building and enclosing a flue or flues that carry off smoke especially : the part of such a structure extending above a roof
4 : a tube usually of glass placed around a flame (as of a lamp)
5 : something resembling a chimney: such as
a : a narrow cleft or passage in rock
b : a tall column of rock on the ocean floor that is formed by the precipitation of minerals from superheated water issuing from a hydrothermal vent and rising through the column of rock

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chimneylike \ ˈchim-​nē-​ˌlīk How to pronounce chimneylike (audio) \ adjective

Examples of chimney in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its mountains were formed by volcanoes, like so many chimneys. Bill Buford, The New Yorker, "Baking Bread in Lyon," 6 Apr. 2020 Traditionally, the dough is slapped against the chimney wall of a clay tandoor oven and baked over wood fires, but many home cooks make it on the stovetop. Saveur Editors, Saveur, "16 Flatbread Recipes to Satisfy Your Carb Cravings," 25 Mar. 2020 Concrete slabs fell on cars and chimneys landed in front of entrances. NBC News, "Strong earthquake rocks Croatia causing widespread panic and damage in capital," 22 Mar. 2020 Concrete slabs fell on cars and chimneys landed in front of entrances. Fox News, "Croatia earthquake shakes capital Zagreb, damaging buildings," 22 Mar. 2020 Schamens has 37 years of chimney service experience. Eddie Morales, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Once winter is over, think about getting your chimney cleaned," 5 Mar. 2020 The 17th-century estate retains a pastoral, cloistered feeling, with gabled windows, stone chimneys jutting from the roof and deep red Virginia creeper climbing the handsome gray stone facade. Tina Hillier, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Defiance of Florence Nightingale," 20 Feb. 2020 New return air ducts will be rerouted through existing abandoned fireplace chimneys in the gallery rooms. Madeline Mitchell,, "Taft Museum getting big makeover for its 200th birthday," 19 Feb. 2020 The vintage staircase and chimney were replaced with floating oak steps and slatted oak balusters that create a natural wood art piece in the living room. Kelly Dawson, Sunset Magazine, "Ocean Views Abound in This Open and Airy Coastal Modern Home," 12 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of chimney

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chimney

Middle English, from Anglo-French chiminee, from Late Latin caminata, from Latin caminus furnace, fireplace, from Greek kaminos; perhaps akin to Greek kamara vault

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24 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Chimney.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of chimney

: a part of a building through which smoke rises into the outside air especially : the part that sticks up above the roof
: a tall narrow opening through a large piece of rock (such as a cliff) that can be used for climbing the rock


chim·​ney | \ ˈchim-nē How to pronounce chimney (audio) \
plural chimneys

Kids Definition of chimney

: a structure that allows smoke to escape (as from a fireplace) and that is often made of brick

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