\ ˈfər How to pronounce fir (audio) \

Definition of fir

1 : any of a genus (Abies) of north temperate evergreen trees of the pine family that have flattish leaves, circular leaf scars, and erect female cones and are valued for their wood also : any of various conifers (such as the Douglas fir) of other genera
2 : the wood of a fir

Examples of fir in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 1902, before the system of lookout towers was established, a woman named Mable Gray, who was a cook at a timber cruising camp in northern Idaho, was asked by her boss to climb a ladder, sit 15 feet up in a fir tree, and look for smoke. Dina Gachman, Smithsonian Magazine, "The History of Lady Lookouts," 29 Mar. 2021 Steps lead up to the enormous living room, where the fir plank ceiling peaks at 12 feet., "How they brought a 1970s deck house back to its mid-century modern-style glory," 26 Mar. 2021 Made from fir, this sturdy potting bench features a cabinet and lower shelf for storage, and supports up to 150 pounds. Outdoor Life, "Best Gifts For Mom Under $200: Cool Gifts for Moms Who Love the Outdoors," 22 Mar. 2021 Cascade mountain range and a curling, transparent overhang supported by timber beams meant to echo fir forests. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "University of Oregon’s Lavish Nike-Fueled Track Stadium Cost $270 Million*," 8 Mar. 2021 Additionally, many nut trees, such as walnuts, pecans and pistachios, as well as some hardwood trees such as fir and pines, rely on wind for pollination. Jodi Bay, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Garden Mastery: Plant for the pollinators, which keep our world buzzing with life," 13 Mar. 2021 Crafted from fir wood with a distressed finish, this storage chest is made to last. Korin Miller, Forbes, "15 Don’t-Miss Furniture Deals From Overstock’s Huge Semi-Annual Sale," 5 Mar. 2021 Tavera said the drought was affecting the butterflies themselves, as well as the pine and fir trees where the clump together for warmth. Mark Stevenson, Star Tribune, "Monarch butterflies down 26% in Mexico wintering grounds," 25 Feb. 2021 Situated on a 200-year-old fir tree with a double bed in a loft bedroom and skylight, this place is ideal for two people. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "This Luxurious Tree House in Park City Is the Most Wish-listed Airbnb in Utah," 21 Feb. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'fir.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of fir

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fir

Middle English, from Old English fyrh; akin to Old High German forha fir, Latin quercus oak

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about fir

Time Traveler for fir

Time Traveler

The first known use of fir was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for fir

Last Updated

12 Apr 2021

Cite this Entry

“Fir.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for fir



English Language Learners Definition of fir

: a tall evergreen tree
: the wood of a fir tree


\ ˈfər How to pronounce fir (audio) \

Kids Definition of fir

: a tall evergreen tree related to the pine that yields useful lumber


\ ˈfər How to pronounce fir (audio) \

Medical Definition of fir

: any tree of the genus Abies — see balsam fir

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on fir

Nglish: Translation of fir for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of fir for Arabic Speakers Encyclopedia article about fir

Comments on fir

What made you want to look up fir? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!