[ fahyuhr-wurk ]
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  1. Often fireworks. a combustible or explosive device for producing a striking display of light or a loud noise, used for signaling or as part of a celebration.

  2. fireworks,

    • a pyrotechnic display.

    • a display of violent temper or fierce activity.

    • any spectacular display, especially of wit or of a technical feat by a musician or dancer.

Origin of firework

First recorded in 1550–60; fire + work

Words Nearby firework Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use firework in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for firework


/ (ˈfaɪəˌwɜːk) /

  1. a device, such as a Catherine wheel, Roman candle, or rocket, in which combustible materials are ignited and produce coloured flames, sparks, and smoke, sometimes accompanied by bangs

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