Meaning of “firework” in the English Dictionary

"firework" in British English

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fireworknoun

uk /ˈfaɪə.wɜːk/ us /ˈfaɪr.wɝːk/

firework noun (EXPLOSIVE)

B1 [ C ] a small container filled with explosive chemicals that produce bright coloured patterns or loud noises when they explode:

a firework display
When it gets dark we'll let off (US set off) (= light) the fireworks.
What time do the fireworks start?

More examples

  • They let off a big firework as a signal that the festival had started.
  • The sky was alight with hundreds of fireworks.
  • The instructions on the fireworks said "Light the blue touchpaper, and stand well clear."
  • We watched the fireworks, oohing and aahing with everyone else.
  • The evening ended with a thrilling display of fireworks.

(Definition of “firework” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)