- A brief responsive prayer used as the first item in the Ordinary of the Roman Catholic Mass or in any of various other Christian liturgies, traditionally beginning with the Greek words Kyrie eleison (“Lord, have mercy”).
- A musical setting of this prayer.
Origin of KyrieLate Latin Kérie (eleison) from Greek Kūrie eleēson Lord, have mercy Kūrie vocative of kūrios lord, master ; see keuə- in Indo-European roots. eleēson aorist imperative of elein to show mercy ( from eleos mercy )
Contraction of the Ancient Greek phrase ÎšÏÏÎ¹Îµ á¼Î»ÎÎ·ÏƒÎ¿Î½ (Kurie eleÄ“son, “Lord, have mercy"), from Ancient Greek ÎšÏÏÎ¹Îµ (Kurie), vocative form of ÎšÏÏÎ¹Î¿Ï‚ (Kurios, “Lord"), from Îºá¿¦ÏÎ¿Ï‚ (kuros, “supremacy, authority"), from Proto-Indo-European *á¸±Ä“w-, *á¸±wÄ- (“to swell, spread out, be strong, prevail").