a large fire built in the open air, for warmth, entertainment, or celebration, to burn leaves, garbage, etc., or as a signal.
any fire built in the open.

1375–1425; late Middle English bone fire, i.e., a fire with bones for fuel Unabridged
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bonfire (ˈbɒnˌfaɪə)
a large outdoor fire
[C15: alteration (through influence of French bon good) of bone-fire; from the use of bones as fuel]

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Word Origin & History

1550s, from M.E. banefire (late 15c.), originally a fire in which bones were burned.
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Example sentences
They found a heart on the bonfire pile tonight before they lit the fire.
The confrontation began after protesters started a large bonfire in the middle
  of a downtown street.
So advances in physics have tended to pour petrol, rather than water, on the
  philosophical bonfire.
Ten workers took the products one by one, smashed them with hammers, and threw
  them into a bonfire.
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