Spanish Word of the Day Archive
Tuesday October 13, 2009

chimenea, noun:
chimney; fireplace

Una chimenea can mean either a chimney or a fireplace. The context will generally show which meaning is intended.

Sale humo por la chimenea.
There’s smoke coming out of the chimney.

una hermosa perspectiva de tejados y chimeneas
a beautiful view of roofs and chimneys

Estaba sentado frente a la chimenea.
He was sitting in front of the fireplace.

Remember that encender la chimenea means to light the fire, not to set fire to the chimney!

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