Definition of Catherine wheel noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Catherine wheel

BrE BrE//ˈkæθrɪn wiːl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæθrɪn wiːl//
(especially British English) (usually North American English pinwheel)
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a round flat firework that spins around when lit Word Originlate 16th cent. (as a heraldic term for a spiked wheel): named after St Catherine (died c. 307), with reference to her martyrdom.