fire·​crack·​er ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌkra-kər How to pronounce firecracker (audio)
: a usually paper cylinder containing an explosive and a fuse and set off to make a noise

Examples of firecracker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web How China is celebrating Lunar New Year In the second most populous country of the world, Chinese locals, along with tourists, gathered to observe the holiday by setting off firecrackers and fireworks. TIME, 10 Feb. 2024 Each Lunar New Year, the organization’s lion dancers spent hours going store to store to bless Chinatown’s businesses while their owners lit firecrackers and gifted the performers cash in red envelopes. Marisa Iati, Washington Post, 9 Feb. 2024 The man claimed to have scared Nian away by hanging red banners on the door, lighting firecrackers and donning red clothing. Wire Service, The Mercury News, 8 Feb. 2024 Traditionally, families and local communities burn firecrackers to mark the new year and ward off monsters. Mario Poceski, The Conversation, 5 Feb. 2024 Finally, the starring attraction of the south end is children engaging in a dragon dance with a 44-foot dragon puppet, under a canopy of red silk for luck and firecrackers to ward off evil spirits. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 1 Feb. 2024 The baritone booms of M-80s mix with the staccato snap of firecrackers. Salvador Hernandez, Los Angeles Times, 30 Dec. 2023 Indeed, some sailors have thrown firecrackers into the water in an attempt to keep orcas away. Carlyn Kranking, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Dec. 2023 But the festival is so revered and so widely celebrated that the firecracker bans are hardly ever enforced. Sammy Westfall, Washington Post, 12 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1823, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of firecracker was in 1823

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“Firecracker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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fire·​crack·​er -ˌkrak-ər How to pronounce firecracker (audio)
: a paper tube containing an explosive and set off to make a noise

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