Definition of firelight in US English:



  • Light from a fire in a fireplace.

    ‘the room was lit only by firelight’
    • ‘At night the graceful mantle of leaves becomes a gilded dome in the reflected firelight.’
    • ‘Silently, he crept forward to the edge of a large clearing that was bathed in firelight.’
    • ‘The whole city would be lit by firelight and fireworks instead of moonlight.’
    • ‘Dad was reading the newspaper by firelight and Mom was telling us a story.’
    • ‘Reflected firelight flashed as they fought and an occasional spark jumped as the scimitars clashed.’
    • ‘Sitting in the rosy glow of candle and firelight we thought it looked rather romantic.’
    • ‘Shadows lurked beyond the flickering firelight, blending in with the darkness.’
    • ‘She looks beautiful as she sits down in the sand next to me, with the soft firelight playing across her face.’
    • ‘I saw only two faces, lit by firelight, and ready to shoot questions at me.’
    • ‘The flickering firelight lit them all in its tumbling glow.’
    • ‘They were close together, face to face in the warm firelight.’
    • ‘Even Cousin Kate, the postmistress, looked pretty good by firelight.’
    • ‘She passed by Lynx's room, and came upon one on the left whose door was left ajar, leaking firelight into the hallway.’
    • ‘Only the women were there, minding their own affairs by firelight.’
    • ‘Above her, the boy was coming around the corner of the bed, his sword glinting in the dim firelight.’
    • ‘No doubt, our earliest ancestors performed for each other in caves with firelight as a backdrop.’
    • ‘I had helped decorate it, but in the glowing firelight, it looked beyond beautiful.’
    • ‘Jake reached out a hand and stroked her cheek gently, his eyes never leaving her face, flickering in the gentle firelight.’
    • ‘Jack glanced at her for a moment, trying to read all of her facial features by a mix of firelight and moonlight.’
    • ‘Everything was flickering in the gentle firelight as the fire gently died.’
    illumination, brightness, luminescence, luminosity, shining, gleaming, gleam, brilliance, radiance, lustre, glowing, glow, blaze, glare, dazzle
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Old English fȳr-lēoht (see fire, light).