[ 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.


Nearby words

  1. pyrazine,
  2. pyrazole,
  3. pyrazoline,
  4. pyrazolone,
  5. pyrazolone dye,
  6. pyrene,
  7. pyrenean,
  8. pyrenean mountain dog,
  9. pyrenees,
  10. pyrenocarp

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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Word Origin and History for pyre



1650s, from Latin pyra and directly from Greek pyra "funeral pyre; altar for sacrifice; any place where fire is kindled," from pyr "fire," cognate with Old English fyr (see fire (n.)).

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