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 The discussion can take place like a fireside chat, with one person interviewing another. Josh Richards, Rolling Stone, "How Influencers Can Use Clubhouse to Reach Their Audience," 9 Apr. 2021 This year’s Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research Summit included a fireside chat with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Andy Kessler, WSJ, "How to Answer the ‘Trap Question’," 4 Apr. 2021 Firing up partisans seemed to replace fireside chats and elite consensus during the pandemic, a fact reflected in research from the Center of Media Engagement at the University of Texas. John Rash, Star Tribune, "Unity elusive during a long pandemic year," 12 Mar. 2021 Cuomo modeled his daily Covid-19 briefings on FDR’s fireside chats, a historical nod picked up by many in the media. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "The Walls Are Closing in on Andrew Cuomo," 12 Mar. 2021 The event also included a fireside chat with Prof. Dror Mevorach, chief scientific and medical officer for Enlivex Therapeutics in Israel. Sergio Carmona,, "Miami and Israeli tech leaders discuss life science innovations," 12 Mar. 2021 The Leach Botanical Garden showed off its new upper garden area to media on Monday, complete with new garden space, walking paths and architectural features such as the Aerial Tree Walk, an arbor and a fireside terrace, all six years in the making. oregonlive, "Leach Botanical Garden unveils $12.6 million renovation, a gift of green space for SE Portland," 15 Mar. 2021 Also on deck: a fireside lounge, bar, terrace and multiple private dining areas. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, "The Bay Area's most anticipated restaurants opening this spring," 5 Mar. 2021 There's even more of a social aspect at Chase's fireplace, with Stich and their spouses and friends gathering for fireside cocktails to watch the cooking magic unfold. Bill Ward, Star Tribune, "Open flame cooking indoors: Why (and how) home cooks are fired up," 24 Feb. 2021 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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17 Apr 2021

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“Fireside.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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