plural noun
py·​ro·​tech·​nics | \ˌpī-rə-ˈtek-niks \

Definition of pyrotechnics 

1  singular or plural in construction : the art of making or the manufacture and use of fireworks

2a : a display of fireworks

b : a spectacular display (as of extreme virtuosity) verbal pyrotechnics keyboard pyrotechnics

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Other Words from pyrotechnics

pyrotechnician \ˌpī-​rə-​ˌtek-​ˈni-​shən \ noun
pyrotechnist \ˌpī-​rə-​ˈtek-​nist \ noun

Synonyms for pyrotechnics


acrobatics, fireworks

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The use of military fireworks in elaborate celebrations of war and peace is an ancient Chinese custom, but our term for the making and launching of fireworks is a product of the 17th and 18th centuries. "Pyrotechnics" and the earlier adjective "pyrotechnic" derive via French from the Greek nouns pyr ("fire") and "techne" ("art"). In "pyr" one can see such fiery relatives as "pyromania," the term for an irresistible impulse to start fires, as well as "pyrite," the mineral also known as fool's gold, which once referred to a stone used for striking fire. Like "fireworks," "pyrotechnics" also has an extended figurative usage, referring to any kind of dazzling display or performance.

First Known Use of pyrotechnics

1729, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of pyrotechnics was in 1729

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English Language Learners Definition of pyrotechnics

: a bright display of fireworks

: a very impressive show or display that requires great skill

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