fire·​side | \ ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌsīd How to pronounce fireside (audio) \

Definition of fireside

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a place near the fire or hearth
2 : home



Definition of fireside (Entry 2 of 2)

: having an informal or intimate quality a fireside chat

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Examples of fireside in a Sentence

Noun We sat chatting at the fireside. couldn't wait to get off the plane and back to his comfortable fireside
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Racial equity: Racial justice experts, advocates and activists take part in a daylong event featuring cyber networking, fireside chats and panel discussions on extending pandemic relief and recovery efforts to all communities. Chronicle Staff Report,, "Bay Area online political events: Mayors and coronavirus Rep. Ro Khanna," 18 May 2020 So, Axe comes to the vaunted fireside chat with his own intentions. Kyle Fowle,, "Billions recap: Axe's new foe beats him at his own game," 11 May 2020 Xi shared the conclusion in an unprecedented conference call with 170,000 officials Sunday -- the closest the leader of the world’s longest-lasting communist regime has come to a fireside chat., "Xi’s Response to Virus Foreshadows an Even Tighter Grip on China," 10 May 2020 Tim Stone, chief financial officer at Ford, also took part in the fireside chat. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Ford says it expects to call salaried workers in North America back to the office by late June, early July," 30 Apr. 2020 For the most part, Mr. Biden is seeking to run a campaign based on something like digital-age fireside chats, offering himself as a calmly authoritative figure rather than a brawler like his opponent. Alexander Burns, New York Times, "A Candidate in Isolation: Inside Joe Biden’s Cloistered Campaign," 25 Apr. 2020 The most effective form of direct presidential communication since Franklin Roosevelt’s fireside chats. Ben Smith, New York Times, "Trump Has Begun His Corona Campaign. We Don’t Have to Play Along.," 19 Apr. 2020 The pavilion is anchored by a large, stacked, fieldstone hearth that’s perfect for fireside chats in cooler months. al, "This pavilion is the ideal spot for an Alabama lake day," 14 Apr. 2020 The silent partner in Kentucky’s modern-day fireside chats with Gov. Beshear [ All of The Enquirer's coverage of the new coronavirus is being provided for free to our readers. Erin Glynn,, "'We will get through it together': Gov. Beshear adds sign language lesson to daily updates," 10 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective This isn’t even about the bartering that other states have been doing on social media for the leader of our modern-day 5 p.m. fireside chat-esque coronavirus updates. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "The numbers are in: You've made Beshear one of the most-liked governors on Facebook," 3 Apr. 2020 These glowing insects are more than just fireside friends, these critters help get rid of mites and slugs, all while pollinating plants. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "Fireflies Are Bringing A Rare Light Show To The Mountains This Month," 10 May 2019

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First Known Use of fireside


1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1871, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fireside was in 1533

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22 May 2020

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“Fireside.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of fireside

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a place next to a fire : an area close to a fireplace, campfire, etc.



English Language Learners Definition of fireside (Entry 2 of 2)

: having an informal or friendly quality


fire·​side | \ ˈfīr-ˌsīd How to pronounce fireside (audio) \

Kids Definition of fireside

1 : a place near the hearth
2 : home entry 1 sense 1 John would have preferred his own fireside if it had not been so lonely …— Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

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