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[fahyuh r-gahrd]
  1. a person trained in fire prevention and safety: We're looking for volunteer fireguards for Sunday's performance.
  2. a protective framework of wire in front of a fireplace; a fire screen.
  3. a strip of cleared land made to check the spread of a forest or prairie fire; a firebreak.
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Origin of fireguard

An Americanism dating back to 1825–35; fire + guard
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Examples from the Web for fireguard

Historical Examples

  • His is broken and I can mend it while he puts in his fireguard with mine.

    Winning the Wilderness

    Margaret Hill McCarter

  • It does not see that they have got a fire; it only punishes them for not having a fireguard.

    Eugenics and Other Evils

    G. K. Chesterton

  • "The padre was right—it must be a fireguard, after all," said the Staff Captain.

  • Officials give the most detailed domestic directions about the fireguard; only they do not give the fireguard.

  • Scissors and matches must not be left lying about, and a fireguard must be fixed in position so that it cannot be disturbed.

    The Nervous Child

    Hector Charles Cameron

British Dictionary definitions for fireguard


  1. Also called: fire screen a metal panel or meshed frame put before an open fire to protect against falling logs, sparks, etc
  2. a less common word for firebreak
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