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 It’s the kind of thing that all kids talk about around a campfire before coming to their senses. Rolling Stone, "How a Teenaged Brandi Carlile Quit School, Overcame Tragedy, and Met Her First Love," 11 Apr. 2021 As in the film, HOWA events bring nomads together for classes and community — around a campfire, at shared meals and even on Zoom. Los Angeles Times, "‘Nomadland’s’ Chloé Zhao embraces community at every turn," 6 Apr. 2021 These moisture-wicking merino wool blend layers are great to wear while sleeping for extra warmth, or under a jacket while warming your hands around a campfire. Matthew Young,, "What you need for spring camping," 23 Mar. 2021 In one shot, Del Rey (or perhaps a model who looks very much like her) glides down an interstate in a white dress; in another, maybe-Lana has a broken arm and skates around a campfire in an empty room. Charlotte Walsh, Vulture, "Lana Del Rey Romanticizes Roller-Skating in ‘White Dress’ Music Video," 20 Mar. 2021 Portland: There are going to be more happy campers this summer as more camps choose to reopen despite the pandemic, providing millions more kids an opportunity to gather around a campfire. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Smithsonian exhibit, summer camp boom, turn on the lights: News from around our 50 states," 10 Mar. 2021 Days in Tanzania are set to begin with tea delivered to travelers' tents and end with gin and tonics around a campfire. Meena Thiruvengadam, Travel + Leisure, "Go Gorilla Trekking, Hang With Giraffes, and Sleep Under the Stars on This Epic 7-country African Safari," 1 Mar. 2021 Even outdoorsmen like good technology and listening to some tunes around a campfire. Outdoor Life, "Best Gifts for Outdoorsmen: Foolproof Birthday Gift Ideas," 26 Feb. 2021 The harmonica’s timeless sound continues to be as urgent as an ambulance siren or as soothing as a campfire under the stars. Steve Knopper, Smithsonian Magazine, "A Brief History of the Harmonica," 19 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of campfire

1675, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of campfire was in 1675

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16 Apr 2021

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“Campfire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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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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