American English

Definition of firework noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] a small device containing powder that burns or explodes and produces bright colored lights and loud noises, used especially at celebrations to set off a few fireworks a firework(s) display The firework spluttered and went out.
  2. 2fireworks [plural] a display of fireworks When do the fireworks start?
  3. 3fireworks [plural] (informal) strong or angry words; exciting actions There'll be fireworks when he finds out!
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: firework