Definition of balefire in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbālˌfī(ə)r/


A large open-air fire; a bonfire.
Example sentences
  • When the solstice lordship settled upon him, he had rousted the minstrels and set great back-alley feasts, lighting the lives of London's poor like a balefire on a barren heath.
  • In many parts of the British Isles these balefires are still lighted on Samhain to honor the old ways.
  • Even today, balefires are lit all over Britain and Ireland on May Eve, just as they were in the past.


Old English (recorded in poetry), from obsolete bale 'great fire' + fire.

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Syllabification: bale·fire

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