firebrand

[fahyuh r-brand]

noun

a piece of burning wood or other material.
a person who kindles strife or encourages unrest; an agitator; troublemaker.

Nearby words

  1. firebird, the,
  2. fireboard,
  3. fireboat,
  4. firebomb,
  5. firebox,
  6. firebrat,
  7. firebreak,
  8. firebrick,
  9. firebug,
  10. firebush

Origin of firebrand

Middle English word dating back to 1175–1225; see origin at fire, brand

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British Dictionary definitions for firebrand

firebrand

noun

a piece of burning or glowing wood or other material
a person who causes unrest or is very energetic
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Word Origin and History for firebrand

firebrand

n.

c.1200, "piece of wood kindled at a fire," from fire (n.) + brand (n.). Figurative sense of "one who kindles mischief or passions" is from late 14c.

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