Try Our Apps


The Best Internet Slang

chimney breast

a part of a chimney or fireplace that projects out from the wall, usually inside the building.
Origin of chimney breast
First recorded in 1835-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for chimney breast
Historical Examples
  • It springs from the chimney breast to the header of wood in front.

    Convenient Houses

    Louis Henry Gibson
  • The chimney breast, or projecting wall forming the chimney, received especial attention.

    Old Time Wall Papers Katherine Abbott Sanborn
  • The interior of a chimney breast behind the stove should always be filled in solid with concrete or brickwork.

  • Fig. 31 illustrates the common form of constructing a chimney breast where a grate is to be used.

    Convenient Houses

    Louis Henry Gibson
  • He was dragged backward and knew that he was going through a secret panel near the chimney breast.

    The Bradys' Chinese Clew Francis Worcester Doughty
  • Frequently the mantel is done away with entirely and the chimney breast treated independently as a whole.

    Making a Fireplace Henry H. Saylor
  • The chimney breast may be stepped back at the shelf height to form a narrow stone ledge, or the breast left without any shelf.

    Making a Fireplace Henry H. Saylor
  • The servant was closing the window, her mistress standing near the chimney breast, when there was a sudden crash.

British Dictionary definitions for chimney breast

chimney breast

the wall or walls that surround the base of a chimney or fireplace
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for chimney breast

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for chimney

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for chimney breast