bon·​fire | \ ˈbän-ˌfī(-ə)r \

Definition of bonfire

: a large fire built in the open air

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Families clustered around bonfires in a sprawling yard. Alyson Krueger, New York Times, "From Blight to Bright Lights in Memphis," 18 May 2018 After a day in the water, relax at the spa, beachfront bar, yoga palapa, or bonfire pits. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "7 Hotels That Will Help You Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions," 14 Dec. 2018 Some ideas for hyggelig summer activities include picnics in the park, backyard dinner parties, bonfires on the beach, and outdoor movie nights. Lyndsey Matthews, Country Living, "What Is Hygge? Everything You Need To Know About The Danish Lifestyle Trend," 4 Dec. 2018 Bells tolled, bonfires blazed and mournful music played as Lincoln funeral train passes through northern Indiana towns. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "The epic journey of Abraham Lincoln's funeral train," 30 Apr. 2018 Hotels in the area take advantage of the evening bounty with events like the Night Sky astronomy and bonfire series at Grand Velas, private stargazing tours at the uber luxe One & Only Palmilla, and the Hotel Ganzo’s full moon yoga sessions. Stephanie Granada, Sunset, "10 Stellar Places for Stargazing," 22 Jan. 2018 Other festivals will take place around the world, from Scandinavia to China, with bonfires, family gatherings, music, and poetry used to symbolically celebrate the sun. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Winter Solstice 2018: Who Celebrates the First Day of Winter?," 20 Dec. 2018 Search for free concerts or movies in the park; borrow classic movies from the library; ride your bikes or go hiking; or have a picnic or a backyard bonfire. Arricca Elin Sansone, Woman's Day, "9 Surprisingly Easy Ways to Save Money This Weekend," 14 Nov. 2018 For that event, the club organized a bonfire on its private beach, a barbecue at one of the cottages, and a catamaran cruise. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "How Bermuda's Legendary Coral Beach & Tennis Club Is Welcoming a New Crowd," 24 Aug. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of bonfire

: a large outdoor fire


bon·​fire | \ ˈbän-ˌfīr \

Kids Definition of bonfire

: a large fire built outdoors

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