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[fahyuh r-bak]
  1. a piece, lining the rear of a fireplace, usually of cast iron.
  2. the rear of a fireplace.
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Origin of fireback

First recorded in 1870–75; fire + back1
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Examples from the Web for fireback

Historical Examples

  • One fireback illustrated (p. 303) shows an ironmaster with his hammer at his forge.

    Chats on Cottage and Farmhouse Furniture

    Arthur Hayden

  • Thus, we are not to think the fireback in this dining-room an old belonging of the inn.

  • He was finally discovered in the nursery saying good-bye to the two cherubs on the fireback.

    The Stronghold

    Miriam Haynie

British Dictionary definitions for fireback


  1. Also called: reredos an ornamental iron slab against the back wall of a hearth
  2. any pheasant of the genus Lophura, of SE Asia
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