Definition of bonfire
: a large fire built in the open air
Recent Examples of bonfire from the Web
The ban had been in effect since April 17, preventing residents from starting campfires, bonfires or burning yard waste without getting an OK from the Florida Forest Service.
And because there are no hotels, this excursion with Jacada includes camping for the night, eating local delicacies, and gathering around a bonfire as guide Carlos Vivar regales his guests with stories about Guatemala’s vast history.
From bowling to bonfires, car shows to camping trips, E&A fills its members’ calendars with a dizzying array of activities.
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Then a bunch of drummers wander in and take over by the smoldering bonfire.
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Origin and Etymology of bonfire
Middle English bonefire a fire of bones, from bon bone + fire
First Known Use: 15th century
BONFIRE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of bonfire for English Language Learners
: a large outdoor fire
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Definition of bonfire for Students
: a large fire built outdoors
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