- 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
Examples from the Web for pyre
Thrown into the Middle East pyre, the Zionism-racism charge has been an accelerant, angering, alienating, polarizing both sides.Delegitimizing Israel Makes Peace Harder to Achieve
February 28, 2013
Spectators took photographs of the pyre on their mobile phones.Where They Still Burn ‘Witches’
February 18, 2013
The pyre became wrapped in flames, the Warlock began to burn.Russian Fairy Tales
W. R. S. Ralston
Phyllis dropped down in front of this door and made her second pyre.Madge Morton's Secret
Amy D. V. Chalmers
The pyre of a man is fired at the head and of a woman at the foot.
Surely it is the smoke of the pyre on which the martyrs have but now perished!Oxford
Frederick Douglas How
But I do not altogether like the idea of building his pyre just here.Two Gallant Sons of Devon
- a heap or pile of wood or other combustible material, esp one used for cremating a corpse
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.)).