Definition of fir
1 : any of a genus (Abies) of north temperate evergreen trees of the pine family that have flattish leaves, circular leaf scars, and erect female cones and are valued for their wood; also : any of various conifers (such as the Douglas fir) of other genera
2 : the wood of a fir
Recent Examples of fir from the Web
A windstorm wiped out some oaks and firs, opening a hole in their forest shade.
The hotel was already on lockdown on Wednesday, and an army of landscapers have been busy planting fir trees around the perimeter, to protect coy billionaires and bashful bank bosses from any prying lenses.
Beyond the borders of old-growth Douglas fir, more than three acres of plantings spiral upward, a study of green and granite.
The majestic Douglas firs swayed above Mr. Shields.
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Origin and Etymology of fir
Middle English, from Old English fyrh; akin to Old High German forha fir, Latin quercus oak
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
FIR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of fir for English Language Learners
: a tall evergreen tree
: the wood of a fir tree
FIR Defined for Kids
Definition of fir for Students
: a tall evergreen tree related to the pine that yields useful lumber
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