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 End a great day with free s’mores around the campfire. Karen Cicero, Good Housekeeping, 19 May 2022 Whether it’s dining out, hanging with friends under a backyard gazebo, or chilling around the campfire under the stars, the right lighting can make all the difference. Mike Richard, Men's Health, 18 May 2022 Forty yards from the campfire, the bear stopped, looked at me, and refused to budge, despite my hooting and hollering. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 20 June 2017 The tiniest flame of a campfire that’s about to go out: hoping to catch heat from younger, up-and-coming flames. The New Yorker, 19 Jan. 2022 Your little ones will be sure to remember nights of stargazing or toasting marshmallows around the campfire. Hannah Singleton, SELF, 30 Mar. 2022 Brad's celebration of what makes America, well, America is a catchy jam for around the campfire. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, 23 Mar. 2022 But their singing around the campfire one night ignites the tiniest suggestion of a spark for the aspiring musician, who soon learns that singing is an essential part of life in Lunana. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Mar. 2022 The synagogue will also have a Lag B’Omer drum circle, campfire, and s’mores on May 19 using the class’ instruments. Sergio Carmona,, 4 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of campfire

1675, in the meaning defined above

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22 May 2022

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“Campfire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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