Definition of bonfire
: a large fire built in the open air
Recent Examples of bonfire from the Web
The Labor Day bonfire with friends from the Down 2 Pound motorcycle club was his first outing to the old haunt in a year.
Recalling a sound similar to Sam Cooke and Van Morrison--supplemented with some R&B--Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats evoke a shout-along party appropriate for a remote setting with nothing but a bonfire and some brews.
During World War II, the Army came ashore to develop biological weapons and to incinerate, in open bonfires, those captured from the enemy.
Think s’mores, sing-alongs or ghost stories around a bonfire.
Now James L. Dolan, the Knicks’ owner and a man who appears to adore making bonfires from his own money, has freed Jackson to take what remains of a $60 million contract and voyage to another astral plane or to Southern California, or to both.
Crowds made bonfires, jumped over them, danced around them, and threw into them objects with magical power, hoping to avoid disaster and obtain good fortune during the rest of the year.
Expect daily lawn games and nightly drinking sessions around the bonfire.
The middle of nowhere is filled with hot bonfires, deep lakes, and the occasional tick, and being entrusted with the safety of others amid legitimate risk is incredibly empowering for a young adult.
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Origin and Etymology of bonfire
Middle English bonefire a fire of bones, from bon bone + fire
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
BONFIRE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of bonfire for English Language Learners
: a large outdoor fire
BONFIRE Defined for Kids
Definition of bonfire for Students
: a large fire built outdoors
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