WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
bon•fire /ˈbɑnˌfaɪr/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a large fire built in the open air:a big bonfire to celebrate the Fourth of July.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
bon•fire  (bonər′),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a large fire built in the open air, for warmth, entertainment, or celebration, to burn leaves, garbage, etc., or as a signal.
  2. any fire built in the open.
  • late Middle English bone fire, i.e., a fire with bones for fuel 1375–1425


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

bonfire /ˈbɒnˌfaɪə/ n
  1. a large outdoor fire
Etymology: 15th Century: alteration (through influence of French bon good) of bone-fire; from the use of bones as fuel



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