fire·​place | \ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌplās \

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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fireplaced \ˈfī(-​ə)r-​ˌplāst \ adjective

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Rooms are outfitted with fireplaces and dark wooden furniture, bathrooms are housed in cave-like structures; candle light seems to emanate from every corner. Daria Di Lello, Vogue, "Finding Serenity—and Forest-Grown Truffles—in the Mountains of Abruzzo, Italy," 23 Nov. 2018 The result is magazine cover-worthy, with three wood-burning fireplaces, a chef’s kitchen, and an airy screened room with radiant floor heating. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Perfectly restored estate in the Berkshires wants $2.1M," 22 Oct. 2018 In addition to a spa, afternoon wine and hors d’oeuvres, and rooms complete with original gas fireplaces and private porches, the hotel, located in the Historic District, is just a short stroll from King's streets shopping and dining. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "Your Ultimate Guide To A Long Weekend In Charleston," 9 Aug. 2018 Upon entry, there is a dining room at right and a large living room at left, both with fireplaces. Jon Gorey,, "For sale: Homes built centuries apart in Upton," 22 June 2018 Inside, there are big rooms with fireplaces, a new kitchen, a private massage room and a large owner’s suite. Shannon Rooney,, "Outdoor showers aren't just for the Shore," 12 June 2018 Forced-air furnaces can produce dust, and particulates can be especially heavy in homes with wood-burning fireplaces. Debbie Carlson,, "5 areas to tackle during spring cleaning," 22 May 2018 But the complex was built for a different era — with 600 coal fireplaces, now all replaced by steam heating. Karla Adam, Washington Post, "Westminster is rotting from within," 25 Apr. 2018 Set behind gates in the Westlake Village neighborhood, the 1993 Mediterranean compound contains such standout features as Brazilian rosewood flooring, tiled fireplaces, an elevator, a playroom and a state-of-the-art home theater. Neal J. Leitereg, The Seattle Times, "Filmmaker hopes to make a splash with sale of compound with two pools," 9 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of fireplace

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of fireplace

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


fire·​place | \ˈfīr-ˌplās \

Kids Definition of fireplace

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

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