a large fire in the open air; bonfire.
a signal fire; beacon.
the fire of a funeral pile.
Origin of balefire
1250–1300; Middle English bal(e)fir,
equivalent to bale
(< Old Norse bāl
funeral pyre) + fire fire
; replacing Old English bǣlfȳr
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Historical Examples of balefire
A single window in the wing gleamed like a balefire in the rays of the setting sun.
Balefire devoured, greediest spirit, those spared not by war out of either folk: their flower was gone.
This word was the last which the wise old man harbored in heart ere hot death-waves of balefire he chose.
British Dictionary definitions for balefire
a beacon fire
a funeral pyre
Word Origin for balefire
C14 bale, from Old English bǣl pyre; related to Old Norse bāl flame, pyre, Sanskrit bhāla brightness
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