the part of a chimney that opens into a room and in which fuel is burned; hearth.
any open structure, usually of masonry, for keeping a fire, as at a campsite.

1645–55; fire + place Unabridged
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fireplace (ˈfaɪəˌpleɪs)
1.  an open recess in a wall of a room, at the base of a chimney, etc, for a fire; hearth
2.  (Austral) an authorized place or installation for outside cooking, esp by a roadside

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Word Origin & History

c.1700, from fire (n.) + place.
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It mixed with smoke and soot from the wood-burning fireplace and ancient
  kitchen stove, or we'd have frozen.
Splurge on a room with wood-burning fireplace, and bring a swimsuit for the
  outdoor pool.
Then the gases are ignited, burning much more cleanly than a typical smoky home
Guests may request a wood burning fireplace and full kitchen.
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