Definition of firework in English:

firework

noun

  • 1A device containing gunpowder and other combustible chemicals which causes spectacular effects and explosions when ignited, used for display or in celebrations.

    ‘they were oohing and aahing as if they were watching the fireworks’
    [as modifier] ‘a firework display’
    • ‘Shopkeepers will also agree not to sell illegal fireworks which have been voluntarily banned by the industry.’
    • ‘I object to being woken up at 5.11 am by the sound of firework explosions.’
    • ‘Light the bonfire after the firework display so there is no risk of sparks or heat setting fireworks off.’
    • ‘The evening culminates with a firework display and a torchlight procession down the hill into Campden.’
    • ‘The event saw street performances and music, a lantern procession and a firework display.’
    • ‘A proposed law that would tighten the rules on using and selling fireworks is set for final approval on Friday.’
    • ‘An operation by trading standards officials has uncovered shops selling dangerous fireworks to children as young as 14.’
    • ‘An elderly couple were recovering today after yobs threw a lit firework through their bedroom window.’
    • ‘Organisers are also hoping to put on a huge firework display and find a sponsor to fund it.’
    • ‘Vandals pushed lit fireworks through the letterbox of a veterinary practice near Eastleigh.’
    • ‘A terrified mum feared the worst when teenage yobs pushed a lit firework through her letterbox.’
    • ‘Fixed notice penalties have already been introduced for throwing a firework in a public place.’
    • ‘Last year also saw a 60 per cent increase in people being injured by fireworks in the street.’
    • ‘This incident was particularly severe because of the huge amount of gunpowder in the firework.’
    • ‘Never take your dog to a firework display or exercise it whilst fireworks are being discharged.’
    • ‘A massive firework display provided a stunning backdrop as the lights flickered into life.’
    • ‘Is it time to ban the sale of fireworks to the public?’
    • ‘A young boy suffered burns to his chest and abdomen when he was hit by a firework at a home display in York.’
    • ‘After the parade, a spectacular firework display will take place on the banks of the river.’
    • ‘To add to the occasion, there was the added bonus of a firework display.’
    pyrotechnics, explosions, illuminations
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    1. 1.1An outburst of anger, or a display of great skill or energy.
      ‘when you put these men together you're bound to get fireworks’
      • ‘Edwina, who lives with her husband and kids in Toronto, says there are always fireworks when show business and family life collide.’
      • ‘We can also expect fireworks from such a temperamental lot, most notably the manager.’
      • ‘So what kind of emotional fireworks can we expect from her?’
      • ‘We're warned that there will be fireworks if the couple meet each other.’
      • ‘There are sure to be fireworks on and off the pitch as these two bitter rivals reacquaint themselves.’

Pronunciation:

firework

/ˈfʌɪəwəːk/