Meaning of “Guy Fawkes Night” in the English Dictionary

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"Guy Fawkes Night" in British English

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Guy Fawkes Nightnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈɡaɪ fɔːks ˌnaɪt/ us /ˈɡaɪ fɔːks ˌnaɪt/ also Bonfire Night UK

in the UK, the evening of 5 November, when models of men, called guys, are burned on large fires outside and there are firework displays. This is in memory of the failed attempt by Guy Fawkes to destroy the Houses of Parliament in London in 1605 with explosives.

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

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