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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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  • Flickering lights from the camp-fire circled the huge trunks and played fantastically over the brooding men.

  • They staggered to our camp-fire, half exhausted by the violence of the storm.

  • No longer may he bend the bow or throw the tomahawk in contest, or listen to the tale during the long nights round the camp-fire.

  • They rode on the round-ups, they sat around the camp-fire with the cowpunchers.

  • This rencounter led to much discussion around the camp-fire that evening as to the relative prowess of Indian and white.

  • Our readers will search in vain around the camp-fire for little Jan and Klaas.

    The Giraffe Hunters Mayne Reid
  • We have been one ever since that night when you were promised me by the comely Lovels over the camp-fire.

    Katerfelto G. J. Whyte-Melville
  • It was full two hours before Swartboy made his appearance by the camp-fire.

    The Giraffe Hunters Mayne Reid
  • We allude to it merely as a set-off to the pleasant and picturesque spectacle of the tired soldiers smoking round the camp-fire.

    Smoking and Drinking James Parton
  • So they simply camped at the foot of the rock and built their camp-fire.

    The Later Cave-Men Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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