Definition of watchfire in English:



  • A fire maintained during the night as a signal or for the use of someone who is on watch.

    ‘And so their spirits soared as they took their positions down the passageways of battle all night long, and the watchfires blazed among them.’
    • ‘In the camp, beside the glowing remains of three watchfires, paired sentries sat on heaps of skins, talking in low tones and passing wineskins from hand to hand.’
    • ‘It was unusually silent, but all the watchfires in its streets were blazing with a terrible intensity.’



/ˈwäCHˌfī(ə)r/ /ˈwɑtʃˌfaɪ(ə)r/ /ˈwôCHˌfī(ə)r/ /ˈwɔtʃˌfaɪ(ə)r/