Definition of pyre in English:


Syllabification: pyre
Pronunciation: /pīr


  • A heap of combustible material, especially one for burning a corpse as part of a funeral ceremony.
    More example sentences
    • We were almost fed up seeing all the corpses and pyres along the bank of the river.
    • ‘Re-starting burning in pyres might also be required,’ it warns.
    • The horrific TV pictures of huge burning pyres of animal carcases helped make animal welfare a more sensitive issue.


mid 17th century: via Latin from Greek pura, from pur 'fire'.

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