lyre

[ lahyuh r ]
/ laɪər /

noun

a musical instrument of ancient Greece consisting of a soundbox made typically from a turtle shell, with two curved arms connected by a yoke from which strings are stretched to the body, used especially to accompany singing and recitation.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Lyra.

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Origin of lyre

1175–1225; Middle English lire < Latin lyra < Greek lýra

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH lyre

liar lyre
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British Dictionary definitions for lyre

lyre
/ (laɪə) /

noun

an ancient Greek stringed instrument consisting of a resonating tortoise shell to which a crossbar was attached by two projecting arms. It was plucked with a plectrum and used for accompanying songs
any ancient instrument of similar design
a medieval bowed instrument of the violin family

Word Origin for lyre

C13: via Old French from Latin lyra, from Greek lura
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