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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 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for campfire
  • We don't make students in culinary school learn how to cook over a campfire out of fear they'd become dependent on ovens.
  • It's a great improvement on campfire teachings of our forefathers.
  • Anyone who stokes a campfire in grizzly-bear country will get the idea in a hurry.
  • Use your rekindled relationship with flame to build a killer campfire.
  • To warm tortillas, heat them one at a time in a skillet set over a campfire.
  • The fortified wine shares two vital adjectives with the campfire treat: dark and sweet.
  • The ink might be nothing more than sugar cane juice mixed with campfire soot.
  • In reading accounts, there are frequent mentions of campfire singing.
  • With a sizable flat, sandy area for a fire, this mine site was ideal for our stories-around-the-campfire purpose.
  • We started a campfire, ate a dinner of steak and potatoes and turned in for the night.
British Dictionary definitions for campfire


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 campfire

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

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