[ pahyuh r ]
/ paɪər /


a pile or heap of wood or other combustible material.
such a pile for burning a dead body, especially as part of a funeral rite, as in India.


Origin of pyre

1650–60; < Latin pyra < Greek pyrá hearth, funeral pile

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British Dictionary definitions for pyre


/ (paɪə) /


a heap or pile of wood or other combustible material, esp one used for cremating a corpse

Word Origin for pyre

C17: from Latin pyra, from Greek pura hearth, from pur fire
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