camp·​fire ˈkamp-ˌfī(-ə)r How to pronounce campfire (audio)
: 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 Klimek: All around this group of people were piles of burning wood, but this wasn’t a campfire. Chris Klimek, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Nov. 2023 In addition to the Halloween rescue squad, the company released campfire s’more M&M’s and brought back the popular Skittle Shriekers to celebrate the sweet season. Sam Burros, Peoplemag, 12 Oct. 2023 Better yet, take it with you into the great outdoors for extra warmth at sporting events, fall campfires, or cold mornings at the campground. Jen Ator, Travel + Leisure, 19 Nov. 2023 Exactly one week later - on October 17 - Minton was sitting around a campfire playing the game again. Stephanie Gallman Jordan, Southern Living, 19 Nov. 2023 Donkey will lead them through a number of different experiences over the course of two days—sampling the parfaits that Shrek loves, telling stories around a campfire, and indulging in a feast worthy of an ogre at dinner time. Virginia Buedo, Condé Nast Traveler, 27 Oct. 2023 The famous Lodge skillet can be used on any surface, including campfires and open flames. Amy Schulman, Peoplemag, 23 Oct. 2023 Slightly better-off Gazans are donating bags of rice and scraps of wood to encampments at UNRWA schools so that evacuees can cook plain rice on campfires and feed dozens. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 Oct. 2023 Mini campfire Colsen Hex Small Fire Pit $40 at Amazon No space for an outdoor fire pit? Bellamy Richardson,, 8 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1816, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of campfire was in 1816

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“Campfire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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camp·​fire ˈkamp-ˌfī(ə)r How to pronounce campfire (audio)
: a fire built outdoors (as at a camp)

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