Definition of firework
1 : a device for producing a striking display by the combustion of explosive or flammable compositions
2 plural : a display of fireworks
3 plural a : a display of temper or intense conflict b : a spectacular display <the fireworks of autumn leaves>
Examples of firework in a sentence
Are you going to stay for the fireworks?
We expect a few fireworks during the presidential debate.
Did You Know?
The word fireworks burst upon the scene in the 1500s as a reference to military explosives (a sense that is now obsolete). These explosives were originally used as weapons, of course, but soon they were also being used in explosive displays celebrating victory or peace. By 1575 people were oohing and aahing over "fireworks shewed upon the water; the which were both strange and wel [sic] executed." Figurative uses have been popping up ever since the 1600s. In addition to the angry explosion sense illustrated in our second example sentence, fireworks can also refer to a spectacular display of musical, visual, or verbal brilliance, as in "an outstanding album, bursting with spectacular musical fireworks."
First Known Use of firework
FIREWORK Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of firework for English Language Learners
: a small device that explodes to make a display of light and noise
fireworks : a display where fireworks are exploded
fireworks : a display of anger
FIREWORK Defined for Kids
Definition of firework for Students
1 : a device that makes a display of light or noise by the burning of explosive or flammable materials
2 fireworks plural : a display of fireworks
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