[ pahy-ruh-tek-niks ]
/ ˌpaɪ rəˈtɛk nɪks /

noun (used with a singular or plural verb)

the art of making fireworks.
the use of fireworks for display, military purposes, etc.
a display of fireworks.
a brilliant or sensational display, as of rhetoric or musicianship.
Military. ammunition containing chemicals for producing smoke or light, as for signaling, illuminating, or screening.

Nearby words

  1. pyrosulfuric acid,
  2. pyrosulphate,
  3. pyrosulphuric acid,
  4. pyrotechnic,
  5. pyrotechnician,
  6. pyrotechnist,
  7. pyrotic,
  8. pyrotoxin,
  9. pyrotraumatic dermatitis,
  10. pyroxene

Also py·ro·tech·ny (for defs 1, 2).

Origin of pyrotechnics

First recorded in 1710–20; see origin at pyrotechnic, -ics Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pyrotechnics


/ (ˌpaɪrəʊˈtɛknɪks) /


(functioning as singular) the art or craft of making fireworks
(functioning as singular or plural) a firework display
(functioning as singular or plural) brilliance of display, as in the performance of musickeyboard pyrotechnics
Also called: pyrotechny

Derived Formspyrotechnic or pyrotechnical, adjective

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Word Origin and History for pyrotechnics



1729, from pyrotechnic (also see -ics). Figurative sense is from 1901.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper