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bonfire

[bon-fahyuh r] /ˈbɒnˌfaɪər/
noun
1.
a large fire built in the open air, for warmth, entertainment, or celebration, to burn leaves, garbage, etc., or as a signal.
2.
any fire built in the open.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English bone fire, i.e., a fire with bones for fuel
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British Dictionary definitions for bonfires

bonfire

/ˈbɒnˌfaɪə/
noun
1.
a large outdoor fire
Word Origin
C15: alteration (through influence of French bon good) of bone-fire; from the use of bones as fuel
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Word Origin and History for bonfires

bonfire

n.

1550s, from Middle English banefire (late 15c.), originally a fire in which bones were burned. See bone (n.) + fire (n.).

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