fire·​pit ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌpit How to pronounce firepit (audio)
variants or fire pit
plural firepits or fire pits
: a pit dug into the ground or encased in a surrounding structure (as of masonry or steel) in which a fire is kept burning for cooking, warmth, etc.
One description of a Mohawk town noted 36 longhouses, some 80 to 100 feet long … They were constructed of bark over a pole framework, each containing four or five firepits.Barbara A. Leitch
For privacy and solar gain, most of the buildings' doors and windows face south, away from neighboring houses, or toward the center courtyard. … A cobblestone firepit invites cooking outdoors on cool evenings.Nancy Davidson
… the living room is inviting and alive. It spills out onto a large patio with a barbecue grill, fire pit, pool and hot tub …Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Examples of firepit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Photo : Tim Waltman The firepit surrounded by lounge seating. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 9 May 2024 There’s a beach firepit lounge, bicycles, a fitness center overlooking the lagoon, and a tennis and pickleball court. Hannah Seligson, Travel + Leisure, 2 May 2024 The outdoor lounge features two firepits, cozy outdoor seating, and an indoor tap wall offering self-serve beer, seltzer, kombucha, hard cider, wine, and mixed drinks. Kylie Martin, Detroit Free Press, 11 Apr. 2024 Surrounding each dome is a private, wraparound deck outfitted with a gas firepit, free-standing hammock, and seating. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 9 Apr. 2024 Surreal skyline views of the Big Apple can also be taken in from the outdoor space, featuring lounge seating and a firepit for keeping warm. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 6 Apr. 2024 The building has seven penthouses, including five two-story units with a second level of living space and a secondary kitchen next to a large outdoor terrace with a firepit. Amy Worden, Washington Post, 3 Apr. 2024 At the metal scrap plant, workers like Mr. Bohne take shifts to maintain their 24-hour strike outside the main gates, warming themselves inside construction containers or around makeshift firepits fueled with scrap wood. Erika Solomon, New York Times, 22 Mar. 2024 Since the government has stopped issuing new permits for firepits, Red Seasons is one of the last spots in the city using them to make siu yuk. Condé Nast, Bon Appétit, 20 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of firepit was in the 15th century

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“Firepit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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