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bonfire

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bonfire (large controlled outside fire).

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English bonefire, bonefyre, banefyre (a fire in which bones were burnt), equivalent to bone +‎ fire.[1] Cognate with Scots banefire (bonfire). More at bone, fire.

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NounEdit

bonfire (plural bonfires)

  1. (obsolete) 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.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ bonfire” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).

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