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lyre

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noun \ˈlī(-ə)r\

Simple Definition of lyre

  • : a musical instrument with strings that was used especially in ancient Greece

Full Definition of lyre

  1. 1 :  a stringed instrument of the harp class having an approximately U-shaped frame and used by the ancient Greeks especially to accompany song and recitation

  2. 2 capitalized :  lyra

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Origin of lyre

Middle English lire, from Anglo-French, from Latin lyra, from Greek


First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with lyre


LYRE Defined for Kids

lyre

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noun \ˈlīr\

Definition of lyre

  1. :  a stringed musical instrument like a harp used by the ancient Greeks





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