Definition of campfire in US English:



  • 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’
    as modifier ‘campfire songs’
    • ‘Prosecutors say she told them that while she was on patrol enforcing a ban on campfires, she went to a campfire site, burned a letter from her estranged husband and lost control of the fire.’
    • ‘From arranging holiday wreaths and making bird biscuits to building campfires, all of these activities make for good old-fashioned fun.’
    • ‘Around campfires that blazed in the bright sunshine old friends caught up on the events since last October's fair and discussed their plans for the next six months.’
    • ‘However, at many public parks and forests, campfires are permitted only in established fire rings cleared of all flammable materials.’
    • ‘The three set off on a road trip that consisted of tequila shots, flirting and ghost stories around the campfire.’
    • ‘A few lights from campfires at the canyon campground flickered in the distance.’
    • ‘Take extra care when having campfires / barbecues in the countryside, as fire spreads very rapidly over open ground.’
    • ‘For thousands of years, people have been huddled around the campfire, telling stories.’
    • ‘He saw her stirring the embers of the dying campfire and tiptoed stealthily up behind her.’
    • ‘Our guides will share their stories, and they'll teach us songs and social dances at our nightly campfires.’
    • ‘He pointed to a little campground with a designated campfire place and some benches.’
    • ‘As the rest of the party sat down near the campfire, Jonathan started moving away.’
    • ‘There were, to be sure, evening campfires with stories told in the camaraderie of the moment, and feasts and merriment when the travellers returned to the post after a year in the wilderness.’
    • ‘Erica glanced up at Dan whose face was illuminated by the flames of campfires.’
    • ‘I could tell you how wonderful it was to sit around a campfire and sing all those old songs.’
    • ‘One camp I know eliminated its weekly campfires because too many campers complained that they were boring.’
    • ‘During the night, many times at camp, there would be several campfires and the Texans would surround it, talking, and joking of their lives back home.’
    • ‘It was a nice camp out in the woods, with canoes, campfires and songs.’
    • ‘While we're on a musical note, the campfire song Kumbaya is said to be Angolan.’
    • ‘He was quiet as he sat at the campfire those nights, staring fixedly at the flames.’