pyre

noun
\ ˈpī(-ə)r \

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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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 Art Is Now More Permanent Than Perishable The robots, monsters and other harum-scarum works of art at Burning Man aren’t all destined for a pyre at the annual conclave in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. Brenda Cronin, WSJ, "Met Museum Brings Some Versailles to New York," 31 Mar. 2018 Girl falls into despair — or the nearest funeral pyre. Maya Phillips, New York Times, "Review: A Bad Romance with Operatic Overtones in ‘Dido of Idaho’," 29 Mar. 2018 When the procession finally encircles a flaming pyre on the outskirts of the village, the parade suddenly stops. Eliot Stein, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Pagan Exorcism in Sardinia," 29 Mar. 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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pyre

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pyre

: a pile of wood for burning a dead body

pyre

noun
\ ˈpīr \

Kids Definition of pyre

: a heap of wood for burning a dead body

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