fire·​place | \ ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌplās How to pronounce fireplace (audio) \

Definition of fireplace

1 : a framed opening made in a chimney to hold an open fire : hearth also : a metal container with a smoke pipe used for the same purpose
2 : an outdoor structure of brick, stone, or metal for an open fire

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Other Words from fireplace

fireplaced \ ˈfī(-​ə)r-​ˌplāst How to pronounce fireplaced (audio) \ adjective

Examples of fireplace in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Features include an elegant chef's kitchen, master suite with sitting room, his and hers bathrooms and walk-in closet, a 2001 carriage house with a second floor apartment, heated pool and outdoor fireplace. Dana Burke, Houston Chronicle, "Listed: River Oaks landmark blends 1920s history with modern luxe," 2 Jan. 2020 Some 14,200-plus square feet of living space includes seven bedrooms, 11 bathrooms and 11 fireplaces. Neal J. Leitereg, Los Angeles Times, "Los Angeles’ biggest home sales of 2019 hit the $150-million mark," 1 Jan. 2020 On its Facebook page, the department also recommended limiting the lighting of fireworks, and using electric or gas fireplaces instead of burning wood. Brieanna J. Frank, azcentral, "No burning allowed on New Year's Eve or New Year's Day in Maricopa County," 31 Dec. 2019 Menlo Park and Marin County have enacted restrictions on natural gas but allow gas stoves; Marin allows gas fireplaces as well. Mallory Moench,, "California solar mandate, gas bans take effect in 2020: what you need to know," 26 Dec. 2019 The couple posed in front a fireplace surrounded by their three dogs and plenty of decorations. Darlene Aderoju,, "Sarah Hyland and Fiancé Wells Adams Pose in Festive Holiday Outfits: 'Third Christmas with You'," 26 Dec. 2019 There’s also the remains of a large fireplace near the cemetery. Paula Allen,, "Cemetery preserves history of San Antonio area ranching families," 21 Dec. 2019 The Spencer House featured fireplaces in each room and the posh Bates House was one of the first hotels in Downtown Indianapolis. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "St. Elmo is the only remnant of The Levee's posh and bawdy past," 5 Dec. 2019 Halpert often displayed these works among bookshelves and fireplaces in rooms that were warm and inviting, to help buyers imagine the pieces in their own homes. E.b. | New York, The Economist, "Edith Halpert, forgotten champion of American art," 8 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of fireplace

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of fireplace was in 1611

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9 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Fireplace.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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How to pronounce fireplace (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of fireplace

: a specially built place in a room where a fire can be built


fire·​place | \ ˈfīr-ˌplās How to pronounce fireplace (audio) \

Kids Definition of fireplace

: a structure with a hearth on which an open fire can be built (as for heating)

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