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 Learn how to start a fire Another basic and fun field skill is starting a campfire,. Gary Garth, USA TODAY, "Need a social distancing-friendly activity? Use this time to improve your outdoor skills," 22 Mar. 2020 But solid wood tends to burn on the outside while the inside remains untouched, like trying to start a campfire by throwing in only solid logs. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Mass Timber, Not Steel, Is the Future of Construction," 28 Jan. 2020 Often, campfires are common, which can lead to a burn. The Editors, Field & Stream, "How to Treat Three Common Outdoor Injuries," 5 Mar. 2020 No campfires or bonfires are permitted on beach or in park. Tom Stienstra,, "Preview: First new state park campground in 30 years," 22 Feb. 2020 The new store, which will take over the longtime Kitchen Kaboodle space this spring, will make room for a new restaurant inspired by dinners eaten around the campfire. oregonlive, "Japanese outdoors store plans Portland restaurant with world-class bartender," 5 Feb. 2020 The migrants cook on open campfires and metal braziers with coal and firewood. Los Angeles Times, "African migrants stuck in southern Mexico, their American dream on hold," 22 Sep. 2019 To keep it that way, Yosemite National Park ordered new restrictions over the weekend on campfires and smoking, similar to those at most state parks and national forests. Tom Stienstra,, "Yosemite aims for fire-safe weekend," 25 Aug. 2019 Before heading out, check for restrictions such as bans on swimming or building campfires, and the accessibility of certain areas and trails. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, "10 of the best campgrounds within a few hours of Indianapolis," 21 June 2019

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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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30 Mar 2020

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“Campfire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Apr. 2020.

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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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