[fahyuh r-sahyd]


Also called hearthside. the space about a fire or hearth.
home or family life.


informal and friendly in manner: The politician's fireside manner helped her win votes.

Origin of fireside

First recorded in 1555–65; fire + side1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of fireside

  • His Oval Office radio addresses were famously labeled “Fireside Chats” and he called listening citizens “my friends.”

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    FDR: King of All Media

    John Avlon

    September 2, 2014

  • His fireside chats brought his reassuring “radiogenic” voice to millions of Americans still suffering from the Great Depression.

  • Are there robes and fireside chats with goblets of sherry, that sort of thing?No, ha, nothing quite so effete.

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    Ali Smith: How I Write

    Noah Charney

    January 23, 2013

  • Jimmy Carter was initially viewed as charming when he held a fireside chat in a wool cardigan.

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    Beware the GOP Coronation

    Howard Kurtz

    October 31, 2010

  • In his Fireside Chats, FDR spoke to some 60 million or more Americans as if he were confiding frankly to a single friend.

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    Obama's Speech and the Burden of History

    Harold Evans

    January 20, 2009

Historical Examples of fireside

British Dictionary definitions for fireside



the hearth
family life; the home
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for fireside

1560s, from fire (n.) + side (n.). Symbolic of home life by 1848.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper