Definition of chimney noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtʃɪmni//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃɪmni//
    Parts of a house, Structures
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  1. 1a structure through which smoke or steam is carried up away from a fire, etc. and through the roof of a building; the part of this that is above the roof He threw a bit of paper onto the fire and it flew up the chimney. the factory chimneys of an industrial landscape This chimney doesn’t draw very well. factory chimneys belching smoke over the town See related entries: Parts of a house, Structures
  2. 2(specialist) a narrow opening in an area of rock that a person can climb up
  3. Word OriginMiddle English (denoting a fireplace or furnace): from Old French cheminee ‘chimney, fireplace’, from late Latin caminata, perhaps from camera caminata ‘room with a fireplace’, from Latin caminus ‘forge, furnace’, from Greek kaminos ‘oven’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: chimney