An illustration of a Roman Emperor funeral pyre.
The definition of a pyre is a pile of wood meant to be burnt, or a fire used to burn a corpse in a funeral.
An example of a pyre is what the Nazis used for burning the bodies of dead Jewish people during the Holocaust.
a pile, esp. of wood, on which a dead body is burned in a funeral rite
Origin of pyreClassical Latin pyra from Classical Greek from pyr, fire
- A heap of combustibles for burning a corpse as a funeral rite.
- A pile of combustibles.
Origin of pyreLatin pyra from Greek purā from pūr fire ; see paəw&rlowring; in Indo-European roots.