fire·​pit | \ ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌpit How to pronounce firepit (audio) \
variants: or fire pit
plural firepits or fire pits

Definition of firepit

: 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

First Known Use of firepit

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Firepit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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