Definition of Bonfire

1. Noun. A large outdoor fire that is lighted as a signal or in celebration.

Exact synonyms: Balefire
Generic synonyms: Fire

Definition of Bonfire

1. n. A large fire built in the open air, as an expression of public joy and exultation, or for amusement.

Definition of Bonfire

1. Noun. (obsolete) A fire in which bones were burned. ¹

2. Noun. A fire to burn unwanted or disreputable items or people: proscribed books, heretics etc. ¹

3. Noun. A large, controlled outdoor fire, as a signal or to celebrate something. ¹

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Definition of Bonfire

1. an open fire [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Bonfire

bones of visceral cranium
bones up
bonfire boys
bonfire night
bonfire societies
bong hit
bong hits
bongkrekic acid

Literary usage of Bonfire

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1. Early English Poetry, Ballads, and Popular Literature of the Middle Ages by Percy Society (1846)
"... bonfire THE very ancient custom of lighting fires on Midsummer-eve, being the vigil of St. John the Baptist, is still kept up in several parts of ..."

2. Cobbett's Complete Collection of State Trials and Proceedings for High William Cobbett, David Jardine by William Cobbett, David Jardine (1820)
"Did you hear that there was a bonfire on that night in any other part of Dublin? ... Should you not have seen it, if there had been a bonfire in ..."

3. The Prose of Edward Rowland Sill: With an Introduction Comprising Some by Edward Rowland Sill (1900)
"... THE FREE WILL OF THE bonfire As we pass away from the period of childhood, most of its wonderful sights lose their fascination. ..."

4. A Second Visit to the United States of North America by Charles Lyell (1849)
"CHAPTER XXXII. Natchez.—Vidalia and Lake Concordia.—Hybernation of Alligator.— bonfire on Floating Raft.—Grand Gulf.—Magnolia Steamer. ..."

5. The Works of Thomas Carlyle by Thomas Carlyle, Henry Duff Traill (1896)
"CHAPTER IX BURIAL WITH bonfire BESENVAL, during these extraordinary operations, of Payment two-fifths in Paper, and change of Prime Minister, ..."

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