[ jahy-roh ]
/ ˈdʒaɪ roʊ /

noun, plural gy·ros.

Nearby words

  1. gyrectomy,
  2. gyrene,
  3. gyrfalcon,
  4. gyri,
  5. gyri insulae,
  6. gyro horizon,
  7. gyro pilot,
  8. gyro repeater,
  9. gyro-,
  10. gyrocompass

Origin of gyro

First recorded in 1905–10; independent use of gyro-


[ jeer-oh, zheer-oh; Greek yee-raw ]
/ ˈdʒɪər oʊ, ˈʒɪər oʊ; Greek ˈyi rɔ /

noun Greek Cookery.

meat, usually lamb, roasted on a vertical spit, then thinly sliced, topped with onions, and usually served in a sandwich of pita bread.

Origin of gyro

1970–75; < Modern Greek gŷros literally, turn, revolution; see gyre


a combining form meaning “ring,” “circle,” “spiral,” used in the formation of compound words: gyromagnetic; gyroscope.
Also especially before a vowel, gyr-.

Origin of gyro-

< Greek gŷros ring, noun use of gȳrós round Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gyro


/ (ˈdʒaɪrəʊ) /

noun plural -ros


before a vowel gyr-

combining form

indicating rotating or gyrating motiongyroscope
indicating a spiral
indicating a gyroscopegyrocompass

Word Origin for gyro-

via Latin from Greek guro-, from guros circle

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Word Origin and History for gyro
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