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lyre Line breaks: lyre
Pronunciation: /lʌɪə/

Definition of lyre in English:

noun

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A stringed instrument like a small U-shaped harp with strings fixed to a crossbar, used especially in ancient Greece. Modern instruments of this type are found mainly in East Africa.
Example sentences
  • We also had this ‘wind harp,’ a lyre with gut strings, that we'd de-tuned and stuck out in the wind on the truck.
  • The angels are playing a collection of musical instruments, including the harp, tambourine, cymbals, lyre and psaltery.
  • These include harps, lyres, whistles, horns, pan-pipes, bones, psalteries and some form of drum.

Origin

Middle English: via Old French lire and Latin lyra from Greek lura.

Words that rhyme with lyre

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