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[kamp-fahyuh r] /ˈkæmpˌfaɪər/
an outdoor fire for warmth or cooking, as at a camp.
a gathering around such a fire.
a reunion of soldiers, scouts, etc.
Origin of campfire
1665-75; camp1 + fire

Camp Fire

a U.S. organization for girls and boys that emphasizes the building of character and good citizenship through work, health, and love; originally founded for girls (Camp Fire girls) in 1910, it is now open to both boys and girls (Camp Fire members) Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for camp fire
Contemporary Examples
  • Kate kidded around with the scouts, even joining in a spot of outdoor cuisine, cooking a sausage on  stick over a camp fire.

Historical Examples
  • It was the light of a camp fire, and that camp fire must belong to an enemy.

    The Scouts of the Valley Joseph A. Altsheler
  • That night by the camp fire Hardy mentioned the man on a black mule.

    Hidden Water Dane Coolidge
  • And Alec had a robust tenor voice in the bargain, which his mates always liked to hear when seated about the camp fire.

  • When they had slept and eaten before their camp fire their journey was resumed.

    The Trail of a Sourdough May Kellogg Sullivan
  • Naturally there was little sleep among the camp fire girls or their guardian who imagined all possible tragedies.

  • "By all that's wonderful, there has been a camp fire here," said Landy.

    Pathfinder Alan Douglas
  • He had divested himself of his outer coat and relied upon the heavy buckskin shirt and the camp fire for protection from the cold.

    Chiquita, an American Novel Merrill Tileston
  • Though they thought I was a Turk, they allowed me to stay at their camp fire for two hours.

    Bulgaria Frank Fox
  • It certainly was lucky for us that we went to that lake where the camp fire Girls were.

British Dictionary definitions for camp fire


an outdoor fire in a camp, esp one used for cooking or as a focal point for community events
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Word Origin and History for camp fire



also camp-fire, 1835, from camp (n.) + fire (n.).

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