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Bonfire vs. Campfire

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Bonfirenoun

(obsolete) A fire in which bones are burned.

Campfirenoun

A fire at a campground or on a camping trip, often used for cooking, to provide light and heat, to drive away bugs, and as a focal point for sitting around in the evening and talking, telling stories, and singing.

Bonfirenoun

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

Campfirenoun

a small outdoor fire for warmth or cooking (as at a camp)

Bonfirenoun

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

Campfirenoun

an open-air fire in a camp, used for cooking and as a focal point for social activity

‘after cooking, we sat around a campfire swapping stories’; ‘campfire songs’;

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Bonfirenoun

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

‘Full soon by bonfire and by bell,We learnt our liege was passing well.’;

Campfire

A campfire is a fire at a campsite that provides light and warmth, and heat for cooking. It can also serve as a beacon, and an insect and predator deterrent.

Bonfirenoun

a large outdoor fire

Bonfire

A bonfire is a large and controlled outdoor fire, used either for informal disposal of burnable waste material or as part of a celebration.

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