pyre 1650s, from L. pyra, from Gk. pyra "a hearth, funeral pyre," from pyr (gen. pyros) "fire," cognate with O.E. fyr (see FIRE (Cf. fire) (n.)).

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  • Pyre — Pyre, n. [L. pure, Gr. ?, fr. ? fire. See {Fire}.] A funeral pile; a combustible heap on which the dead are burned; hence, any pile to be burnt. [1913 Webster] For nine long nights, through all the dusky air, The pyres thick flaming shot a dismal …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pyre — [paıə US paır] n [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: pyra, from Greek, from pyr fire ] a high pile of wood on which a dead body is placed to be burned in a funeral ceremony ▪ a funeral pyre …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • pyre — [ paır ] noun count a high pile of wood for burning a dead body in a funeral ceremony …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • pyre — ► NOUN ▪ a heap of combustible material, especially one for the ritual cremation of a corpse. ORIGIN Greek pur fire …   English terms dictionary

  • pyre — [pīr] n. [L pyra < Gr < pyr, FIRE] a pile, esp. of wood, on which a dead body is burned in a funeral rite …   English World dictionary

  • Pyre — For the English band The Jam s song, see Funeral Pyre. An Ubud cremation ceremony in 2005 A pyre (Greek: πυρά, pyrá, from πυρ, pýr, fire), also known as a funeral pyre, is a structure, usually made of wood, for burning a body as part of a funeral …   Wikipedia

  • pyre — di·pyre; pyre; pyre·tog·e·nous; …   English syllables

  • pyre — n. a funeral pyre * * * [ paɪə] a funeral pyre …   Combinatory dictionary

  • pyre — UK [paɪə(r)] / US [paɪr] noun [countable] Word forms pyre : singular pyre plural pyres a high pile of wood for burning a dead body in a funeral ceremony …   English dictionary

  • pyre — noun Etymology: Latin pyra, from Greek, from pyr fire more at fire Date: 1587 a combustible heap for burning a dead body as a funeral rite; broadly a pile of material to be burned < a pyre of dead leaves > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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