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[fahyuh r-pleys] /ˈfaɪərˌpleɪs/
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.
Origin of fireplace
1645-55; fire + place Unabridged
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  • The captain made no answer, but pointed to them over the fireplace, where they hung, with a flask of powder and a bag of bullets.

    Washed Ashore W.H.G. Kingston
  • When she turned back to the fireplace her hands were trembling.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • The steam was kept up by a large boiler, fixed in the fireplace which the doctor was to regulate.

    The Funny Side of Physic A. D. Crabtre
  • He would keep her from putting it into just such foolishnesses as this fireplace.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • "But he does but sleep, good brother," he said, depositing the log amidst a shower of sparks within the fireplace.

    The Red Tavern Charles Raymond Macauley
British Dictionary definitions for fireplace


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

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

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