fire·​light | \ ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌlīt How to pronounce firelight (audio) \

Definition of firelight

: the light of a fire (as in a fireplace)

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firelit \ ˈfī(-​ə)r-​ˌlit How to pronounce firelight (audio) \ 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 Miriam snaps amid firelight and fog, by dappled water and at the edge of a cold forest. Jo Livingstone, The New Republic, "The Subtle Joy of the Small Horror Movie," 1 Mar. 2021 For the first 25 or so minutes of the play, candles and firelight are virtually the only illumination onstage, creating a gloomy flickering pool of gray light around Scrooge that emphasizes his isolation. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Dickens’ ‘Carol’ stunningly reimagined in new streaming play," 2 Dec. 2020 Set in late eighteenth-century France, the movie traces the growing attraction between the young aristocrat who’s about to marry, and the artist who’s painting her by firelight. oregonlive, "What to watch this weekend: ‘Making the Cut,’ ‘Ozark,’ and more," 28 Mar. 2020 There is no electricity supply or running water, and some sequences unfold by firelight. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Does “The Lion King” Need C.G.I.?," 19 July 2019 As darkness came, the expansive distances of Kaokoland were reduced to the intimate circle of firelight. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Going Off-Grid in Namibia," 21 Dec. 2018 Stars sparkle in the ceiling, statues of saints gaze from the balcony and wall sconces flicker like firelight. Matthew J. Palm,, "Garden's 'Hunchback' is a musical mix of flaws, charms," 4 May 2018 At the same time, though, is there anything more romantic than falling in love against a firelight glow? Erinne Magee, The Cut, "There’s a Scientific Explanation for Why Fires Are So Romantic," 6 Oct. 2017 At night, the family plays music together and reads by firelight — leafing through books one page at a time — before bedding down in the communal tepee. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "Viggo Mortensen Goes Off the Grid With ‘Captain Fantastic’," 7 July 2016

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First Known Use of firelight

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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13 Mar 2021

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“Firelight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of firelight

: the light produced by a fire in a fireplace, stove, etc.

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