bonfire

[ bon-fahyuh r ]
/ ˈbɒnˌfaɪər /

noun

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.

Origin of bonfire

1375–1425; late Middle English bone fire, i.e., a fire with bones for fuel
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bonfire

/ (ˈbɒnˌfaɪə) /

noun

a large outdoor fire

Word Origin for bonfire

C15: alteration (through influence of French bon good) of bone-fire; from the use of bones as fuel
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Word Origin and History for bonfire

bonfire


n.

1550s, from Middle English banefire (late 15c.), originally a fire in which bones were burned. See bone (n.) + fire (n.).

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