plural noun
py·​ro·​tech·​nics | \ ˌpī-rə-ˈtek-niks How to pronounce pyrotechnics (audio) \

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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pyrotechnician \ ˌpī-​rə-​ˌtek-​ˈni-​shən How to pronounce pyrotechnician (audio) \ noun
pyrotechnist \ ˌpī-​rə-​ˈtek-​nist How to pronounce pyrotechnist (audio) \ noun

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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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“Pyrotechnics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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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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