Meaning of “bonfire” in the English Dictionary

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"bonfire" in British English

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bonfirenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbɒn.faɪər/ us /ˈbɑːn.faɪr/

Examples from literature

  • Bonfires with some older person in attendance are safe enough and prevent unlawful bonfires in dangerous places. 
  • In every town in the country bonfires were lighted, and every colonial assembly sent thanks to the King. 
  • Of course it should be a whopping big bonfire, with a parade and speeches and singing and plenty of music! 
  • There were also games, dances, street bonfires in front of building doors, and general relaxation of social controls. 
  • Young people and children dance and sing round the bonfires, and leap over the embers to secure good crops or a happy marriage within the year, or as a means of guarding themselves against colic. 

(Definition of “bonfire” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bonfire" in American English

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bonfirenoun [ C ]

us /ˈbɑnˌfɑɪər/

a large fire that is made outside:

We built a bonfire on the beach.

(Definition of “bonfire” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)