kyrie

noun

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"

Word History

Etymology

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kyrie. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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