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
Staël as Corinne by
- A stringed musical instrument.
From French lyre, from Ancient Greek Î»ÏÏÎ± (lura, “lyre, a stringed instrument with a sounding-board formed of the shell of a tortoise").