Origin of pyreClassical Latin pyra from Classical Greek from pyr, fire
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 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.
- "Build a pyre here," Damian whispered at last.
- Then the pyre was built and the body laid upon it.
- A pyre had been built in the middle of the cobblestone courtyard to burn the bodies of the demons before nightfall, when they.d come back alive.
- Her body wouldn't be placed in a funeral pyre or surrounded by family and friends who bore her gifts one last time.
- Snow fell from the sky to be either burned by the pyre or to cover the red mess that was the rest of the park.