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[kamp-fahyuh r] /ˈkæmpˌfaɪər/
an outdoor fire for warmth or cooking, as at a camp.
a gathering around such a fire.
a reunion of soldiers, scouts, etc.
Origin of campfire
1665-75; camp1 + fire Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • And the rain hissing into the campfire at the door had a soothing sound.

    The Tent Dwellers Albert Bigelow Paine
  • At night they all sat around the campfire and talked of what they had seen during the day.

    Viking Tales Jennie Hall
  • Some of the game was served for dinner, which was eaten by a campfire, and very fine it was voted.

  • “Better get the lad back to the campfire at once,” suggested the stranger.

    The Camp in the Snow William Murray Graydon
  • Supper was prepared and after it had disappeared they sat about the campfire 94 telling stories or singing songs.

British Dictionary definitions for campfire


an outdoor fire in a camp, esp one used for cooking or as a focal point for community events
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Word Origin and History for campfire

also camp-fire, 1835, from camp (n.) + fire (n.).

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