\ ˈpī(-ə)r How to pronounce pyre (audio) \

Definition of pyre

: a combustible heap for burning a dead body as a funeral rite broadly : a pile of material to be burned a pyre of dead leaves

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Daenerys survived the blaze of her husband's funeral pyre, hatched a few dragons (for the first time in ages), rallied the Unsullied, and now commands a gigantic army, among other things. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Daenerys Targaryen Should Not Be Queen of Westeros," 19 Apr. 2019 In a season marked by ’90s supermodel returns, celebrities on the runway, and shows that feature witches roasting on an open pyre, there’s never been a better time to have models do more than just strut. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Cara Delevingne Opens Balmain With a Lip-Synched Tribute to Prince," 28 Sep. 2018 The fire is lit through a chimney in the center of the pyre. Alvaro Barrientos, Fox News, "Charcoal makers in Spain keep embers of an old trade burning," 13 Sep. 2018 Most supernovas are far away and don’t call attention to themselves until their funeral pyre explosions are well underway. Dennis Overbye, New York Times, "He Took a Picture of a Supernova While Setting Up His New Camera," 21 Feb. 2018 In the piece, the president, who’s standing on a burning pyre, is holding a Bald Eagle and a minigun and an American flag is behind him. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Donald Trump Jr.'s Instagram Features the President in Surreal Fourth of July-Themed Posts," 5 July 2018 Open pyres burn along the waterside, their bright flames dancing in the air with all the drama of a scene from Game of Thrones. Skye Mcalpine, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Ultimate Culinary Tour of India," 12 June 2018 After all, this is a culture where male children are desired above all else — to light the Hindu funeral pyre, inherit property, care for aging parents. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "TOO MANY MEN," 18 Apr. 2018 Kratos and his son, Atreus, are out in the woods, chopping down a tree to be used for a funeral pyre for their dead wife and mother. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "God of War review: an incredible reimagining of a PlayStation icon," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of pyre

1587, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pyre

Latin pyra, from Greek, from pyr fire — more at fire

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English Language Learners Definition of pyre

: a pile of wood for burning a dead body


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Kids Definition of pyre

: a heap of wood for burning a dead body

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