Definition of fireside in US English:



  • 1The area around a fireplace (used especially with reference to a person's home or family life)

    ‘he preferred the warmth of his own fireside’
    • ‘This is history that's as comfortable as a pair of fireside slippers.’
    • ‘Intruders used a fireside peat basket to carry antique silverware, porcelain and clocks to a waiting van.’
    • ‘I can read the lives of dukes and of princes in nice picture books by the comfort of my own fireside.’
    • ‘And it sells all the fireside accompaniments needed to achieve a blazing fire on a cold winter evening.’
    • ‘Resplendent in his long black coat, starched white collar and hard black hat tied with a white ribbon, he resembled in my mind a character often described to us in fireside ghost stories.’
    • ‘Her mother's family were all fireside singers.’
    • ‘It's much easier to appreciate the finer points of dull, rainy days from one's own fireside, that I have to confess.’
    • ‘Many the years that have passed since we sat entranced by the stories of the old people by the fireside long ago.’
    • ‘As the autumn evenings draw in, a cosy fireside armchair beckons!’
    • ‘The plot is a typical fireside ghost story - murder, infidelity and a message from beyond the grave - and the thrills are familiar.’
    • ‘Mother liked to chat with other family members as she plied her knitting by the fireside.’
    • ‘Add to that a heavy mist and you've got the kind of driving conditions that make the fireside look awful tempting.’
    • ‘Made from cherrywood, this chair, the last of five versions, was designed for a fireside alcove.’
    • ‘This simple logic re-emphasises the importance of books, which can be consumed in the comfort of a fireside chair.’
    • ‘It is like a fireside tale whispered carefully into your ear.’
    • ‘A fairy tale can find its beginnings in the simple sentences of sagas told at the family fireside.’
    • ‘But here was a real pro, oozing homespun fireside wisdoms - his beard big and bushy enough to hide a flock of starlings, little round specs, big red boots and rouged cheeks.’
    • ‘Almost 12 hours after leaving home the comfort of fireside and family beckon.’
    • ‘This dessert wine - fragrant with aromas of raisins and vanilla - is best poured at fireside.’
    • ‘However, the hour was late and the last train called us from our fireside reverie.’
    1. 1.1US A fireside chat.
      • ‘Last week President Roosevelt gave the nation another of his Sunday night radio ‘fireside’ chats, his first since June.’
      • ‘Beginning March 4th, 1933, and running through March 1st, 1945 FDR's fireside chats were a staple in American Homes.’
      • ‘The fireside chats were enormously successful and even attracted more listeners than the most popular radio shows during this Golden Age of Radio.’