- Astronomy. the Lyre, a northern constellation between Cygnus and Hercules, containing the bright star Vega.
- a female given name.
- (lowercase) glockenspiel.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for lyra
The unusual textures (santouri, ney, lyra, clarinets, voices) impart a mystical quality to this work.The Best Albums of 2014
December 13, 2014
An example of a double star is to be found in the constellation of Lyra.Aether and Gravitation
William George Hooper
I wonder that Lyra is satisfied with this interpretation, and follows it.Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II
A name in the Frith of Forth for the dragonet or gowdie (Callionymus lyra).The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
Every half-hour we are about ten thousand miles nearer to the constellation of Lyra.Tracks of a Rolling Stone
Henry J. Coke
Orpheus's lute was placed in the heavens as the bright constellation Lyra.Stories of Old Greece and Rome
Emilie Kip Baker
- a small constellation in the N hemisphere lying near Cygnus and Draco and containing the star Vega, an eclipsing binary (Beta Lyrae), a planetary nebula (the Ring Nebula), and a variable star, RR Lyrae
- A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere near Cygnus and Hercules. Lyra (the Lyre) contains the bright star Vega.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.