AskDefine | Define bonfire

Dictionary Definition

bonfire n : a large outdoor fire [syn: balefire]

User Contributed Dictionary


Alternative spellings


From bone + fire.


  • a UK /ˈbɒnfaɪə/


  1. A fire in which bones were burned.
  2. A fire to burn unwanted or disreputable items or people; proscribed books, heretics etc.
  3. A large, controlled outdoor fire, as a signal or to celebrate something.

Derived terms


large, outdoor controlled fire
  • Dutch: vreugdevuur
  • Finnish: kokko
  • French: feu de joie
  • German: Freudenfeuer
  • Italian: falò
  • Korean: 화톳불 (hwatotbul), 모닥불 (modakbul)
  • Norwegian: bål
  • Portuguese: fogueira
  • Russian: костёр
  • Slovene: kres
  • Spanish: fogata

See also

  • balefire, implying baleful fire
  • bale akin to Old High German balo, Old Norse böl "evil, destruction, disaster"
  • bale akin to Old English bœl, Old Norse bál "bonfire, fire"

Extensive Definition

See also campfire.

See also


bonfire in Tosk Albanian: Funkenfeuer
bonfire in Danish: Bål
bonfire in German: Funkenfeuer
bonfire in Spanish: Hoguera
bonfire in Hebrew: מדורה
bonfire in Lithuanian: Laužas
bonfire in Dutch: Vreugdevuur
bonfire in Japanese: 焚き火
bonfire in Norwegian: Bål
bonfire in Narom: Fouée
bonfire in Russian: Костёр
bonfire in Simple English: Bonfire
bonfire in Slovenian: Kres
bonfire in Finnish: Juhannuskokko
bonfire in Samogitian: Laužos
bonfire in French: Feu_de_joie
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