Origin of lyreMiddle English lire ; from Classical Latin lyra ; from Classical Greek
Origin of lyreMiddle English lire, from Old French, from Latin lyra, from Greek lura.
detail of the 1809
painting Madame de
Sta&edie;l as Corinne by
- A stringed musical instrument.
From French lyre, from Ancient Greek λύρα (lura, “lyre, a stringed instrument with a sounding-board formed of the shell of a tortoise”).