A large fire built-in the open air as an expression of public joy and exultation and for enjoyment
- a big outside fire this is certainly lighted as a sign or in special event
- A large fire built-in the open-air, as a manifestation of community happiness and exultation, or even for enjoyment.
1550s, from Middle English banefire (late 15c.), initially a fire for which bones had been burned. See bone tissue (n.) + fire (n.).
(n.) A sizable fire built in the open-air, as an expression of public joy and exultation, and for enjoyment.
A few of us hunt every night for meat then have a bonfire to cook it up.