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gyro

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noun gy·ro \ˈjī-(ˌ)rō\

Definition of gyro

plural

gyros

How do you pronounce gyro?

A fair number of our users are unsure of how to pronounce gyro. This isn't surprising, since there are two different gyros and they have two different pronunciations.

The earlier gyro is the one that is a shortened form of gyrocompass or gyroscope, and it has a pronunciation that conforms to one's expectations: /JEYE-roh/. But few people encounter this gyro in the course of everyday life; they generally run into the other gyro, a sandwich of lamb or beef usually served on pita and with a yogurt sauce. That gyro has two main pronunciations: /YEE-roh/ and /ZHIHR-oh/.

The sandwich gyro was borrowed into English from Modern Greek in the 1970s and English speakers have given it an approximation of the Greek pronunciation. The earlier gyro has been fully phonetically anglicized.

1910

First Known Use of gyro

1910


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gyro

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noun gy·ro \ˈyē-ˌrō, ˈzhir-ō\

Definition of gyro

plural

gyros

  1. :  a sandwich especially of lamb and beef, tomato, onion, and yogurt sauce on pita bread

Origin and Etymology of gyro

Modern Greek gyros turn, from Greek; from the rotation of the meat on a spit


First Known Use: 1971


Gyro

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noun Gy·ro \ˈjī-(ˌ)rō\

Definition of Gyro

plural

Gyros

  1. :  a member of a major international service club

Origin and Etymology of gyro

Gyro International (association)


First Known Use: 1971


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