A large fire built outdoors.
Webster's New World
A fire to burn unwanted or disreputable items or people: proscribed books, heretics etc.
Other Word Forms of Bonfire
Origin of Bonfire
From Middle English bonefire, bonefyre, banefyre (“a fire in which bones were burnt”), equivalent to bone + fire. Cognate with Scots banefire (“bonfire”). More at bone, fire.
Middle English bonnefire bon bone bone fir fire fire
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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