[fahyuh r-lahyt]


the light from a fire, as on a hearth.

Origin of firelight

before 900; Middle English firlight, Old English fȳrlēoht. See fire, light1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for firelight

Historical Examples of firelight

  • It was not morning, but the firelight, and I was in your arms, not in my little bed.

    Green Mansions

    W. H. Hudson

  • She held the child so that they could see the tiny face in the firelight.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • A warmer flush than that of firelight alone lay on her cheek.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • Full into the firelight, with a stealthy, sidelong movement, glided a doglike animal.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • There was a glow of firelight through his cottage window, but no candle.

    A Singer from the Sea

    Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

Word Origin and History for firelight

Old English fyrleoht; see fire (n.) + light (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper