Definitions for balefireˈbeɪlˌfaɪər
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a large outdoor fire; bonfire.
Origin of balefire:
1400–50; late ME bal(e)fir, with ME bale bonfire < ON bāl funeral pyre, c. OE bǣl
a large outdoor fire that is lighted as a signal or in celebration
an outdoor fire, such as pyre, bonfire, signal fire, asf.
Origin: From bœlfyr, related to bœl and fyr
a signal fire; an alarm fire