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



BrE BrE//ˌkɒnfləˈɡreɪʃn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɑːnfləˈɡreɪʃn//
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a very large fire that destroys a lot of land or buildings The fire services were not adequate to deal with major conflagrations. Word Originlate 15th cent. (denoting consumption by fire): from Latin conflagratio(n-), from the verb conflagrare, from con- (expressing intensive force) + flagrare ‘to blaze’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: conflagration