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

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 The Alabama football coach headlined an event marking the 50-day countdown to The World Games 2022 in Birmingham Wednesday, in what was billed as a fireside chat. Chase Goodbread, USA TODAY, 19 May 2022 The 50-day countdown celebration will feature a fireside chat with the two Alabama head coaches for football and basketball, joined virtually by Namath, who will participate through video conferencing. al, 18 May 2022 After the fireside chat, the DEC will host a summer beverage tasting of Anheuser-Busch products, including new products that will be introduced to DEC members. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 13 May 2022 Regan’s appearance will be in the form of a fireside chat, Mouthrop said, with a moderator asking questions following by questions from the audience. Peter Krouse, cleveland, 13 Apr. 2022 Offering a palate of tropical fruits, fine bubbles, and extra dry finish, this prosecco is another option for those seeking a fizzy fireside glass of vino. Jillian Dara, Forbes, 23 Dec. 2021 His optimism came Thursday during a pre-IPO fireside chat hosted by IPO Edge and the Palm Beach Hedge Fund Association. Natalie Walters, Dallas News, 26 Aug. 2021 The heating traces suggested that the limestone plaquettes may have been uniquely associated with fireside hearths. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 21 Apr. 2022 One half of the mint julep competition felt like sipping on a fresh cocktail by the beach and the other had a darker, nuttier almost fireside feel to it. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, 17 Mar. 2022 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, 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, 10 May 2019 See More

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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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23 May 2022

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“Fireside.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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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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