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fireplace

[fahyuh r-pleys]
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noun
  1. the part of a chimney that opens into a room and in which fuel is burned; hearth.
  2. any open structure, usually of masonry, for keeping a fire, as at a campsite.
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Origin of fireplace

First recorded in 1645–55; fire + place
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Examples from the Web for fireplace

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  • They would sit together, one on each side of the fireplace, talking.

  • John Gilman walked over and looked at the fireplace critically.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

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

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • He would keep her from putting it into just such foolishnesses as this fireplace.

    Dust

    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • Only when it came to the fireplace did she make a last stand.

    Dust

    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius


British Dictionary definitions for fireplace

fireplace

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

n.

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

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