Meaning of “campfire” in the English Dictionary

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"campfire" in British English

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campfirenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkæmp.faɪər/ us /ˈkæmp.faɪr/

Examples from literature

  • They’re cooking dinner over a campfire. 
  • Campers, tourists, hunters, and fishermen are responsible for many forest fires by neglecting to extinguish their campfires. 
  • Once again they were seated around the campfire. 
  • The boys found a locality that pleased them, and there erected the tent and started a campfire. 
  • The first two nights they had taken turns at staying on guard and tending the campfire. 
  • We slept with our heels to the campfire, and our heads on our saddles. 

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

"campfire" in American English

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campfirenoun [ C ]

us /ˈkæmpˌfɑɪər/

a fire outside that is made and used esp. by people who are staying in tents

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