Origin of bonfireMiddle English banefyre, literally , bone fire; later, funeral pyre
A large fire built outdoors, as for signaling or in celebration of an event.
Origin of bonfireMiddle English bonnefire bon bone ; see bone . fir fire ; see fire .
- A few of us hunt every night for meat then have a bonfire to cook it up.
- He smelled of pine trees and a bonfire, his earthy scent mixed with the softer scent of soap.
- With the soldier, an infantry officer with a bandaged cheek came up to the bonfire, and addressing Tushin asked him to have the guns moved a trifle to let a wagon go past.
- Captain Tushin, having given orders to his company, sent a soldier to find a dressing station or a doctor for the cadet, and sat down by a bonfire the soldiers had kindled on the road.
- Several soldiers—two in grays and three in black uniforms—approached the bonfire, speaking with the men gathered in a group on one side.