Definition of andiron in English:

andiron

noun

  • A metal stand, typically one of a pair, for supporting wood burning in a fireplace.

    • ‘Although he had the skills to transform raw materials into the most complicated mechanical device known in eighteenth-century America, Burnap spent much of his time mending andirons, kettles, skillets, a ‘steeltrap,’ and a violin bow.’
    • ‘In 1873 he began designing andirons, grates, stove fronts, and other pieces of metalwork for the firm Barnard, Bishop, and Barnards of Norwich.’
    • ‘A stylish Philadelphia parlor is conceptually incomplete if the fireplace is not fitted with wrought-iron andirons and a cast-iron fireback.’
    • ‘By the time the summer was over she had bought andirons, lamps, candlesticks, and painted trays as well as needlework and furniture so that her ‘hotel bedroom began to look like a miniature museum,’ as she wrote.’
    • ‘The eighteenth-century wrought-iron andirons are from New England.’
    • ‘It is outfitted with andirons and matching tongs and shovel marked by David Phillips, a New York City brass founder.’
    • ‘The original kitchen fireplace remains, retaining its cast-iron cauldron and andirons, but it was refaced during the 1896 renovation with blue tiles purchased from Traitel Brothers, tile suppliers in New York City.’
    • ‘I stared into a fire we built on the very andirons where the good oak had blazed and warmed him.’
    • ‘Antique andirons and fireplace tools survive in some quantity, but hard use has often taken its toll and they may be more decorative than useful today.’
    • ‘Drawings of architectural metalwork, candlesticks, andirons, and plasterwork of the same earlier centuries fill his sketchbooks.’
    • ‘Black paid twenty-six dollars for the brass andirons, stamped ‘John Molineux / Boston,’ and the matching, but unstamped, shovel and tongs.’
    • ‘In the fireplace are a pair of brass andirons and a fender, American or English, dating from the early nineteenth century.’
    • ‘Missing elements, including ornate fireplace mantles, intricately carved woodwork, beveled mirrors, and hand-made tiles and ornamental andirons, had to be recreated from photographs.’
    • ‘The document listed coal scuttles, pokers, grates, and fenders, but only one set of andirons.’
    • ‘These bold new exteriors required appropriate interiors, so architects and designers created everything from chairs and tables to drinking vessels and andirons in this flamboyant and romantic style.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French andier, of unknown origin. The ending was altered by association with iron.

Pronunciation

andiron

/ˈandʌɪən/