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[fahyuh r-pleys] /ˈfaɪərˌpleɪs/
the part of a chimney that opens into a room and in which fuel is burned; hearth.
any open structure, usually of masonry, for keeping a fire, as at a campsite.
Origin of fireplace
First recorded in 1645-55; fire + place Unabridged
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  • They would sit together, one on each side of the fireplace, talking.

  • When she turned back to the fireplace her hands were trembling.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • John Gilman walked over and looked at the fireplace critically.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • Only when it came to the fireplace did she make a last stand.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • He would keep her from putting it into just such foolishnesses as this fireplace.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
British Dictionary definitions for fireplace


an open recess in a wall of a room, at the base of a chimney, etc, for a fire; hearth
(Austral) an authorized place or installation for outside cooking, esp by a roadside
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Word Origin and History for fireplace

c.1700, from fire (n.) + place (n.).

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