Definition of bonfire noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈbɒnfaɪə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɑːnfaɪər//
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a large outdoor fire for burning waste or as part of a celebration Word Originlate Middle English: from bone + fire. The term originally denoted a large open-air fire on which bones were burnt (sometimes as part of a celebration), also one for burning heretics or proscribed literature. Dr Johnson accepted the mistaken idea that the word came from French bon ‘good’.Extra examples It was 5 November—Bonfire Night—and the children were excited. Tell the neighbours before you light the bonfire in case they’re in the garden. There will be a bonfire and a firework display. What are you doing for Bonfire Night?
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