WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
bon•fire /ˈbɑnˌfaɪr/USA pronunciation
n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- a large fire built in the open air:a big bonfire to celebrate the Fourth of July.
(bon′fīər′),USA pronunciation n.
- a large fire built in the open air, for warmth, entertainment, or celebration, to burn leaves, garbage, etc., or as a signal.
- any fire built in the open.
- late Middle English bone fire, i.e., a fire with bones for fuel 1375–1425
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bonfire /ˈbɒnˌfaɪə/ n
Etymology: 15th Century: alteration (through influence of French bon good) of bone-fire; from the use of bones as fuel
- a large outdoor fire
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