lyre

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noun \ˈlī(-ə)r\

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 (see recitation 2)

  2. 2 :  a small clip typically resembling a lyre that is use for holding sheet music and attaches to a musical instrument (such as a trombone)

  3. 3 capitalized :  lyra

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Origin and Etymology of lyre

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


LYRE Defined for English Language Learners

lyre

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Definition of lyre for English Language Learners

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


LYRE Defined for Kids

lyre

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noun \ˈlīr\

Definition of lyre for Students

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



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