bon·​fire | \ ˈbän-ˌfī(-ə)r How to pronounce bonfire (audio) \

Definition of bonfire

: a large fire built in the open air

Examples of bonfire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Getty Images Throw a great bonfire bash with family at the beach, park, or even in your own backyard. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 6 May 2022 During his time there guests enjoyed a beach bonfire with a live ceviche demonstration, a beach party featuring dishes like oxtail dumplings and vegan mushroom roti rolls, and a Sunday brunch serving chicken and waffles. Rana Good, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 On our last night in the Serengeti, the Four Seasons created a memorable bush dinner for us, lit by torches and a big bonfire to ward off any hungry animals. Katie Lockhart, Travel + Leisure, 27 Feb. 2022 On Friday, Commack and other Ambler residents gathered on a hill and got a bonfire going while waiting for the teams to show up in the village. Alena Naiden, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Apr. 2022 Song and dance take place around a bonfire called Holika on the eve of Holi to signify the burning of evil spirits. Skyler Caruso,, 17 Mar. 2022 In addition to the bonfire, Smialek is promising food for those who attend. John Benson, cleveland, 30 Sep. 2021 To clarify, Part 2: The commissioner will not step in, a la Bowie Kuhn, to prevent the ongoing Reds bonfire. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 16 Mar. 2022 The event, which helps raise funds for scholarships and school supplies, also included a bonfire, a basketball tournament, musical performances, a teen party and a balloon release. CBS News, 20 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of bonfire

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bonfire

Middle English bonefire a fire of bones, from bon bone + fire

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14 May 2022

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“Bonfire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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bon·​fire | \ ˈbän-ˌfīr How to pronounce bonfire (audio) \

Kids Definition of bonfire

: a large fire built outdoors

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