Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The area immediately surrounding a fireplace or hearth.
  • n. A home.
  • adj. At or as if at a fireside: a fireside chat.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The area near a domestic fire or hearth.
  • n. One's home.
  • n. Home life.
  • n. A supplementary meeting in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A place near the fire or hearth; home; domestic life or retirement.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The side of the fireplace; the hearth; the space about a fire or hearth, considered especially as the place where a family gathers for social enjoyment.
  • Fitted for the fireside; homely; intimate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. home symbolized as a part of the fireplace
  • n. an area near a fireplace (usually paved and extending out into a room)

Etymologies

From fire +‎ side. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Flaherty had chosen the remote town of Iqaluit, population 7,000, where temperatures can dip to 40 degrees below zero in February, to try to promote more informal discussions, which he dubbed fireside chats.

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  • His own fireside is the best place for a man to-night, Campbell.

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  • One – whom the boys still talked of, softly and tenderly, in fireside evening talks, when the winter winds came and the snow was falling – one only was ever spoken of by Guy as "sister."

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  • To obtain fireside comforts and home-born enjoyments and happiness, something more is required than a handsome house, a beautiful lawn, shade-trees, and a garden filled with flowers and arranged in the most artistic order.

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  • Roosevelt, Walker took his case straight to the voters with a speech from his Capitol office that he called a "fireside chat."

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  • Roosevelt, Walker took his case straight to the voters Tuesday evening with a speech from his Capitol office that he called a "fireside chat."

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  • Governor Scott Walker To Deliver "Fireside Chat" Tuesday Night WEAU in Wisconsin reports that Governor Scott Walker will deliver a live address tomorrow night which he is calling a "fireside chat."

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  • Eight days after his swearing-in, Franklin Roosevelt went on the radio for the first of the so-called fireside chats.

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  • Now, his fireside was a bare one, all hemmed in by blackened streets; but it was a precious place to him.

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  • Their fireside was a delightful nucleus around which gathered those they cared for most, the Twichells, the

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