camp·​fire | \ ˈkamp-ˌfī(-ə)r How to pronounce campfire (audio) \

Definition of campfire

: a fire built outdoors (as at a camp or a picnic)

Examples of campfire in a Sentence

We gathered around a campfire and shared stories.

Recent Examples on the Web

Storey used traditional camp activities such as horseback riding, archery, picnics, campfires, log cabins, boating, scouting and canoeing for inspiration. Bonnie Mccarthy,, "We went behind the scenes of the new ‘Big Brother’ house in Studio City," 6 July 2019 The ban does not apply to campfires, which are allowed within campgrounds and on private property. Bay City News, The Mercury News, "Cal Fire bans debris burning in six counties," 15 June 2019 Fireworks, campfires, cars overheating and children playing with fire are also common causes of wildfires, as are electricity transmission lines, officials say. Thomas Fuller, New York Times, "He Tried to Plug a Wasp Nest. He Ended Up Sparking California’s Biggest Wildfire.," 11 June 2019 Nothing says summer to Outside staffers quite like sitting around a campfire and then sleeping in a tent under the stars. Will Egensteiner, Outside Online, "Our Favorite Camping Gear at Summer Outdoor Retailer," 19 June 2019 Summertime finds many of us grilling in the backyard or roasting s’mores around a campfire. Washington Post, "Experts’ favorite coolers for picnics, camping and more," 19 June 2019 After eventful days in the park, relax around a campfire with friends, and swap stories and experiences from our adventures. National Geographic, "Alaska Middle School Expedition," 12 June 2019 There is plenty more to do beyond the maze, though: a 700-foot zip line, pig races, slides, wagon rides, a pumpkin patch, picnic areas and campfires. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "Fall fun: Head to these pumpkin patches, corn mazes and more," 18 Oct. 2017 Training your vision forward reveals one of your fellow four-eyed Hearthians seated before a campfire. Christopher Byrd, Washington Post, "It might take a while to warm up to, but once you do ‘Outer Wilds’ is quite an adventure," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of campfire

1675, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of campfire

: a fire that is built outdoors at a camp or picnic area

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