fire·​light ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌlīt How to pronounce firelight (audio)
: the light of a fire (as in a fireplace)
firelit adjective

Examples of firelight in a Sentence

The firelight gave the room a warm glow. At night, he read by firelight.
Recent Examples on the Web Working by firelight, these diminutive cave explorers dug shallow graves, sometimes arranging bodies in fetal positions and placing a stone tool near a child’s hand. Byann Gibbons,, 5 June 2023 Bundled in a heavy coat, hat and fingerless gloves, his daughter Yaroslava, 10, played her flute by firelight. Finbarr O’Reilly, New York Times, 29 Mar. 2023 And then there is firelight and candle glow. Mary Elizabeth Andriotis, House Beautiful, 11 June 2021 Weekly challenge — spend an evening by firelight. Mark Travers, Forbes, 24 May 2021 Black butterfly chairs by Angelucci 20th Century sit out in the sun around an above-ground fire pit that sets the sculptural stage for a cozy evening by firelight. Rachel Silva, ELLE Decor, 10 Mar. 2023 It is equipped with Casio’s Eco-Drive, which powers the watch using absolutely any available illumination, from sunlight to firelight. Jim Cobb, Field & Stream, 14 Feb. 2023 The lighting, for me, was all about creating an ambiance with the moonlight in that environment, and then shaping and modeling it with the warmth of the firelight. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 24 Dec. 2022 There were faces lit by firelight, and the heavy smell of wood smoke from burning cedar, from the shingles stacked in Terry’s shed which had been used as kindling. Matthew Klam, The New Yorker, 12 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of firelight was before the 12th century

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“Firelight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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fire·​light ˈfī(ə)r-ˌlīt How to pronounce firelight (audio)
: the light of a fire and especially of one in a fireplace
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