ky·​rie ˈkir-ē-ˌā How to pronounce kyrie (audio)
often capitalized
: a short liturgical prayer that begins with or consists of the words "Lord, have mercy"

Examples of kyrie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mikaal Sulaiman’s straightforward sound design gives us crows cawing, children at play, and kyries between scenes. Sara Holdren, Vulture, 8 Mar. 2024

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Word History


Middle English, from Medieval Latin, from Late Latin kyrie eleison, transliteration of Greek kyrie eleēson Lord, have mercy

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kyrie was in the 14th century

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“Kyrie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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