[ fahyuh r-wurk ]
/ ˈfaɪərˌwɜrk /


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.
  1. a pyrotechnic display.
  2. a display of violent temper or fierce activity.
  3. any spectacular display, especially of wit or of a technical feat by a musician or dancer.

Nearby words

  1. firewarden,
  2. firewater,
  3. fireweed,
  4. firewire,
  5. firewood,
  6. fireworks,
  7. fireworm,
  8. firie,
  9. firing,
  10. firing glass

Origin of firework

First recorded in 1550–60; fire + work Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for fireworks


/ (ˈfaɪəˌwɜːks) /

pl n

a show in which large numbers of fireworks are let off simultaneously
informal an exciting or spectacular exhibition, as of musical virtuosity or wit
informal a burst of temper


/ (ˈfaɪəˌwɜːk) /


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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Word Origin and History for fireworks



1570s, from fire (n.) + works (see work (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper