pyre

noun \ ˈpī(-ə)r \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

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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Origin and Etymology of pyre

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


PYRE Defined for English Language Learners

pyre

noun

Definition of pyre for English Language Learners

  • : a pile of wood for burning a dead body


PYRE Defined for Kids

pyre

noun \ ˈpīr \

Definition of pyre for Students

:a heap of wood for burning a dead body


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