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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bonfire, balefirenoun

    a large outdoor fire that is lighted as a signal or in celebration


  1. bonfirenoun

    A fire in which bones were burned.

  2. bonfirenoun

    A fire to burn unwanted or disreputable items or people: proscribed books, heretics etc.

  3. bonfirenoun

    A large, controlled outdoor fire, as a signal or to celebrate something.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Bonfirenoun

    A fire made for some publick cause of triumph or exultation.

    Etymology: from bon, good, Fr. and fire.

    Ring ye the bells to make it wear away,
    And bonfires make all day. Edmund Spenser, Epithalamium.

    How came so many bonfires to be made in queen Mary’s days? Why, she had abused and deceived her people. South.

    Full soon by bonfire, and by bell,
    We learnt our liege was passing well. John Gay.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bonfirenoun

    a large fire built in the open air, as an expression of public joy and exultation, or for amusement


  1. Bonfire

    A bonfire is a controlled outdoor fire used for informal disposal of burnable waste material or as part of a celebration. Celebratory bonfires are typically designed to burn quickly and may be very large. The name 'bonfire' is from 'bone-fire'.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bonfire

    bon′fīr, n. a large fire in the open air on occasions of public rejoicing, &c.—originally a fire in which bones were burnt. [Not Fr. bon, good, and Fire.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bonfire in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bonfire in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of bonfire in a Sentence

  1. La Rochefoucald:

    Absence diminishes small loves and increases great ones, as the wind blows out the candle and fans the bonfire.

  2. Charles A. Lindbergh:

    I was astonished at the effect my successful landing in France had on the nations of the world. To me, it was like a match lighting a bonfire.

  3. Napoleon I:

    To Robert Fulton: What, sir, would you make a ship sail against the wind and currents by lighting a bonfire under her deck? I pray you excuse me, I have no time to listen to such nonsense.

  4. Jim Acosta:

    Bonfire of the crazies.

  5. Catherine McGuinness:

    We’re not looking for a bonfire of regulation, we’re not looking for a move away from international standards - absolutely not, we’re not expecting any major deregulation at all.

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